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Foundation Condemns Saturday’s Terrorist Attack in Istanbul

The Columbus Jewish Foundation notes with distress the horrific suicide attack that took place in the heart of Istanbul yesterday morning, killing four and injuring thirty six.

Two Israelis with dual US nationality were confirmed to have been killed, and there is possibility of a third Israeli fatality, as well as an Iranian civilian. Thirty-six people of multiple nationalities were wounded suffering varying degrees of injuries. At least 24 of the wounded were foreigners, according to Istanbul’s governor. Israel dispatched two emergency planes with medical teams and supplies to Istanbul to help treat the eleven wounded Israelis and fly them back to Israel.

In a letter sent to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu asked 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.” Davutoglu also stated, “today’s attack in Istanbul has shown us once again that the international community as a whole should act in a resolute manner against the ignoble objectives of terrorist organizations.”

We offer our  condolences to the victims and their families, and a speedy recovery to the injured. This terrible attack reiterates that terrorism is a global threat faced by the entire free world, and should be condemned by world leaders.

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