Netanyahu, Rivlin Extend Condolences After Orlando Nightclub Attack

'This attack against the LGBT community in Orlando is as cowardly as it is abhorrent,' president writes in letter to Obama.

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Friends and family members embrace outside the Orlando Police Headquarters after a shooting at the Pulse nightclub, in Orlando, Florida, June 12, 2016.
Friends and family members embrace outside the Orlando Police Headquarters after a shooting at the Pulse nightclub, in Orlando, Florida, June 12, 2016.Credit: Steve Nesius, Reuters
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Barak Ravid

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday offered his condolences over the killing of dozens in a mass shooting at a Florida nightclub.

A gunman killed 50 people at a packed gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on Sunday and wounded at least 53 others before being killed by police in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

"In the name of the Israeli government and the citizens of Israel, I send our sincere condolences to the American people following the heinous attack last night on the LGBT community in Orlando," Netanyahu said in a statement. "Israel stands shoulder to shoulder with the United States at this tragic hour."

Israel sends its condolences to the family of the slain and wish a speedy recovery to the wounded, the statement added.

Also on Sunday, President Reuven Rivlin sent a letter of condolence to U.S. President Barack Obama following the Orlando shooting.

"Once again we feel the pain of terrible loss as we see the blood spilled of young and innocent people. There is no comfort for those who have had their loved ones torn away from them," Rivlin wrote Obama.

"This attack against the LGBT community in Orlando is as cowardly as it is abhorrent. The Israeli people stand shoulder to shoulder with our American brothers and sisters in the moral and just fight against all forms of violence and hatred. On behalf of all of Israel, I send my condolences to the families of the victims, and prayers for a speedy recovery of the injured," the president added.

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