Suicide bombers kills 36; 3 Israelis killed, 11 others wounded; Turkish PM: I would like to convey my condolences to the families of the Israeli citizens who lost their lives in the heinous attack which happened in Istanbul and to the people of Israel, and wish a speedy recovery to the wounded.; Netanyahu: Anyone who fails to condemn terrorism, supports terrorism.
Three Israelis were killed in the terror attack in Istanbul Saturday, eleven others wounded. A reported 36 were killed in the suicide bombing in a popular tourist area in Turkey’s capital. According to initial reports, two of the wounded are in serious condition with two others in moderate condition.
Avraham Goldman, 70, Yonatan Suher, 30 and Simcha Dimri, 60, are the names of the Israeli victims killed in the attacks.
While an investigation is under way, Turkish security officials believe that the attack was likely carried out by the Islamic State or the KWP- Kurdistan Workers Party. This is the sixth terrorist attack since July 2015. Prime Minister Netanyahu has instructed a thorough investigation into the attack, as well as instructed Israeli security bodies to investigate if Israelis were targeted in the attack.
Israel’s Magen David Adom was deployed to Turkey following the attacks, equipped with necessary medical equipment to treat the victims and bring them back to Israel as shortly as possible.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu gave condolences to the families of the Israelis killed in the attacks stating on night ”I would like to convey my condolences to the families of the Israeli citizens who lost their lives in the heinous attack which happened in Istanbul and to the people of Israel, and wish a speedy recovery to the wounded.”
Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the attack, sending condolences to the victims of the attack. He stated on Sunday morning during his weekly cabinet meeting “Terrorism is sowing destruction around the world. Israel is at the forefront of the battle against world terror. The fight against terror is first and foremost a military one, but, no less importantly, it is also a moral one. The key to morally combating terror is the understanding that there cannot be any justification for the murder of innocent people anywhere: not in Istanbul, not on the Ivory Coast and not in Jerusalem. Anyone who fails to condemn terrorism, supports terrorism.”