Israel, World Leaders Send Messages of Condolence, Solidarity to Egypt After Deadly Attack

Trump condemns 'cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenseless worshipers in Egypt' ■ Prime Minister's Office condemns 'horrific' attack, offers condolences to the Egyptian people

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Tel Aviv's city hall lights up with the Egyptian flag after a terror attack killed over 230 people in Sinai, November 25, 2017.
Tel Aviv's city hall lights up with the Egyptian flag after a terror attack killed over 230 people in Sinai, November 25, 2017.Credit: Screenshot / @MayorOfTelAviv / Twitter

State condolences poured in for Egypt from Israel, the U.S., Russia, France and Britain following an attack by militants on a mosque in the country's Sinai region that killed at least 235 people on Friday.

The Prime Minister's Office condemned the attack in a statement on Saturday and wished a speedy recovery to those wounded. "Israel condemns the horrific terror attack in Egypt and sends its condolences to President Al-Sissi, the Egyptian people and to the families of the victims," the statement read, adding: "Terrorism will be defeated faster if all countries act against it."

Naftali Bennett, Israel's education minister, said after the attack Friday that now is the time for "international unity in the war on terror wherever it presents itself: Russia, Europe, the US, Israel and the Arab World — we have all been hurt by terror and must unite in our battle against it."

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Egyptians gather at the site of a gun and bombing attack that targeted the Rawda mosque near North Sinai provincial capital of El-Arish on November 24, 2017.Credit: -/AFP

Labor lawmaker Amir Peretz called for solidarity with Egypt and the government in Cairo, wished the full recovery of those injured in the attack, and offered condolences to those who lost loves ones.

In another show of solidarity, Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai ordered the city's municipality building in Rabin Square to be lit up with the Egyptian flag.

"A horrific attack in Egypt. We send our condolences to our friends across the border and light the Municipality building in their honor," he wrote on Twitter.

President Donald Trump denounced what he called a "horrible and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenseless worshippers in Egypt."

"The world cannot tolerate terrorism" he said on Twitter, "we must defeat them militarily and discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence!"

Trump said he would call Sissi to discuss the attack. A White House statement called on the international community to strengthen its efforts to defeat terrorist groups.

The UN Security Council and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also condemned the attack in "the strongest terms" and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

The council statement called it a "heinous and cowardly terrorist attack" and reiterated that all acts of terrorism "are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation."

French President Emmanuel Macron also went to Twitter to send his "condolences to the victims of the terrible attack."

Paris' mayor says the Eiffel Tower will go black at midnight in homage to the victims of the deadly assault in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

Via Twitter, Anne Hidalgo offered her "condolences to the victims' families" and her "support to the people wounded" in Friday's attack. She said that turning off the lights at the famed Paris monument would send a message of solidarity from the French capital that has itself been the site of a spate of deadly extremist attacks in recent years.

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