Israel Sends Condolences To Russia Following St. Petersburg Subway Terror Attack

Israel sent its condolences to Russia on Monday following a terror attack on a subway station in which at least 10 people were killed and more than 20 wounded.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote in a statement to Russian President Vladimir Putin:

“On behalf of the Government of Israel, I send condolences to President Putin and to the families of those who were murdered following today’s bombing on the Saint Petersburg subway. The citizens of Israel stand alongside the Russian people at this difficult time.”

In addition, on Monday night the Tel Aviv municipality lit the windows of city hall with the colors of the Russian flag.

The municipality has made a tradition of using the lighting in its windows to express solidarity or sympathy with other countries. Most recently, the building was lit in the colors of the Union Jack following a terror attack near Parliament in London.

In a tweet, Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai wrote: “In solidarity with our friends in #SaintPetersburg, #TelAviv city hall is lit tonight in the colors of the #Russian flag.”

The homemade bomb used in Monday’s attack was filled with shrapnel and exploded in a moving subway car after Putin arrived in St. Petersburg, his hometown, for a visit.

Later, a more powerful bomb was discovered and defused in another train station in the city.

The entire subway system was shut down following the attack. No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing.

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