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Israelis Condemn Turkey Airport Attack

Israeli and Turkish flags (Photo: GPO/Moshe Milner)

In the wake of yesterday's horrific attack on Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, members of the international community are speaking out against terror. The Times of Israel's Stuart Winer reports that Israeli leaders are among those condemning the attack:

The Israeli Embassy in Ankara issued a condemnation Wednesday of the triple suicide bombing in Turkey the night before that killed dozens of people and injured over 140 at Istanbul’s main airport.

The attack came hours after Israel and Turkey signed a reconciliation deal, ending a six-year rift and agreeing to upgrade diplomatic relations.

“Israel harshly condemns the hideous terror attack on Istanbul Ataturk Airport yesterday that claimed the lives of many innocent people,” the embassy said in a statement. “We extend our condolences to the Turkish government, the Turkish people, and the families of those who lost their lives; and we wish a speedy recovery to those who are injured..."

The Foreign Ministry reported that all Israelis known to be in Turkey at the time were accounted for and none of them were among the killed or injured.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, in a letter sent to his Turkish counterpart, Ismail Kahraman, expressed “his deep shock and outrage at the vile terror attack” that, he said, was committed by “savage terrorists who sanctify death over life.”

“Unfortunately,” he continued, “as many other countries, Turkey has fallen victim to murderous terror attacks by extremists who, in the name of God, wish to disrupt normal civic life, inseminating fear and terror to promote their deadly goals.”

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