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October 2, 2017 11:14 am

Israeli Officials Condemn ‘Horrific’ Las Vegas Massacre, Express Condolences to American People

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The aftermath of Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas. Photo: YouTube screenshot.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was among a number of the Jewish state’s senior officials who condemned on Monday the previous night’s attack at a country music concert in Las Vegas, in which at least 58 people were killed and more than 500 were wounded.

“On this terrible day, the people of Israel stand shoulder to shoulder with the American people in mourning and sorrow,” Netanyahu stated following the deadliest mass shooting in US history. “Our hearts go out to the victims’ families and we wish a speedy recovery to the wounded. We grieve with you.”

In a letter he sent to US President Donald Trump on Monday, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin  wrote, “The people of Israel join me in sending our deepest sympathy to you, to the participants in the festival, the people of Las Vegas and to all the people of the United States following this shocking attack which took the lives of so many innocent people and injured so very many more.”

“We stand with you as you mourn the terrible loss of life and injury following this senseless attack on people who had merely gathered together to listen to music,” Rivlin continued.

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely tweeted on Monday, “Israel grieves with the American people over the senseless loss of innocent life in the horrific massacre in Las Vegas.”

According to Hotovely, Israeli diplomat Avner Saban — from the Consulate General in Los Angeles — has arrived in Las Vegas to try to find Israeli citizens in the city who remain unaccounted for following the shooting. The number of such Israelis stood at 12 on Monday morning.

Other Israeli politicians who conveyed their condolences after the shooting included Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett, Opposition leader Isaac Herzog, Labor leader Avi Gabbay, Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid and Hatnuah leader Tzipi Livni.

“The hearts of all Israelis are with the American people on this day of profound tragedy,” Bennett tweeted. “We pray for the wounded. God bless you.”

The lone suspect in the shooting, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, opened fire on the outdoor concert from windows on the 32nd-floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino across the street.

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