President Erdoğan offers condolences to Israeli counterpart Rivlin for Istanbul attack victims

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 20.03.2016 23:00
Updated 20.03.2016 23:45
President Erdoğan offers condolences to Israeli counterpart Rivlin for Istanbul attack victims

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan conveyed his condolences to the families of Israelis who were killed and wounded in a suicide bombing in Istanbul on Saturday in a letter addressed to his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin.

"I have learned with deep sorrow that three Israeli citizens have been killed and 10 injured in yesterday's attack. The attack showed once again that the international community has to unite in the fight against terrorism which is targeting the humanity as a whole," said Erdoğan in the letter.

The president further offered condolences to the families of the Israeli victims killed in the attack and wished a speedy recovery for those who were injured. The Israeli victims were part of a tour group visiting Istanbul, according to the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

A suicide bomber killed four people and injured 36, seven of them in critical condition, in Istanbul's central Istiklal street on Saturday.

The victims who were killed in the explosion have been identified as Simha Siman Demri, Yonathan Suher and Avraham Godman who are Israeli citizens and Ali Rıza Khalman who is Iranian.

The explosion was caused by a suicide bomber and claimed the lives of four people and injured 20 others, Istanbul's governor Vasip Şahin said in a statement shortly after the bombing. Out of the total injured 24 are foreigners, said Şahin .

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