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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Monday to offer condolences for the victims of the earthquake that struck eastern Turkey Sunday.

The two leaders last spoke in December 2010, when Netanyahu phoned Erdogan to thank him for Turkey's assistance during the Carmel fire.

Netanyahu told Erdogan Israel stands ready to provide immediate humanitarian assistance, the Prime Minister's Office said. The same message had been conveyed through various official channels. Turkey received similar offers from other countries, but on Monday Ankara said it was unnecessary.

Also on Monday, President Shimon Peres phoned his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul to convey condolences.