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Netanyahu Condemns Assassination of Russian Ambassador in Turkey

(JNS.org) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned Monday’s shocking assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, which threatens to undermine relations between two major allies of Israel.

“Israel condemns the brutal assassination of Ambassador Andrey Karlov this evening in Ankara. We send our deepest condolences to his family and to the Russian people,” Netanyahu said in a statement issued by his office.

“The murder of a diplomat serves as a stark reminder of the need for the civilized world to come together in fighting the forces of terrorism,” he said.

While Karlov was speaking at the opening ceremony of a photo exhibit at an art gallery in Ankara, Turkey’s capital, the gunman—identified in reports as 22-year-old Turkish police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas, who was dressed in a black suit and tie standing behind him—shot Karlov several times in the back.

A video of the assassination shows the gunman, after opening fire, shouting in Turkish, “Allahu akbar. Do not forget Aleppo! Do not forget Syria!” Three others were injured in the attack. The gunman was shot following the attack.

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