Israel Sends Condolences to Turkey Over Wedding Bombing

People stand near the explosion scene following a late night attack on a wedding party that left at least 30 dead in Gaziantep in southeastern Turkey near the Syrian border on August 21, 2016. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said the Islamic State (IS) group was the 'likely …

The Times of Israel reports: Israel on Sunday night sent condolences to Turkey over the deadly wedding bombing that killed 51 people late Saturday, calling for an international effort to fight terror.

“Israel expresses its condolences to the families of the victims in the city Gazintiep and Turkey, and sends its best wishes to the injured,” a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said.

“To defeat terrorism the international community must join forces and fight it with strength and determination,” the short statement continued.

The statement came hours after others, including the US, Germany and the Palestinian Authority, released similar condemnations against the attack, which Turkish officials say was carried out by a teen at the behest of the Islamic State.

The bombing at a wedding in the southern city occurred just hours after Turkey’s parliament ratified a reconciliation deal reached with the Jewish state last month, ending a six-year rift and paving the way for the restoration of full diplomatic ties.

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