Israeli, Palestinian leaders condemn Paris attack

14th November 2015, Comments 0 comments

Israeli and Palestinian leaders have condemned the series of attacks in Paris that left more than 100 people dead.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country stood side by side with France, while Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said he was shocked and angered.

Marches in solidarity with France are expected in Tel Aviv and Ramallah this evening.

A series of attacks, including seven supposed suicide bombers, killed at least 128 in Paris Friday night.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks, which French President Francois Hollande condemned as an "act of war".

"Israel will be on France's side in the fight against terrorism," Netanyahu said in a statement late Friday. A senior official said Saturday the premier had ordered his security services to supply "any assistance" requested by France in its bid to catch all those responsible.

Abbas said: "Our people ae deeply shocked and angered, but mostly saddened by these events aimed at hitting civil life in the wonderful city of Paris. We express sympathy and solidarity with France as a whole as well as to the victims' families."

Israel lowered its flag to half mast Saturday, while in Tel Aviv Israelis are expected to attend an evening event organised to show support. French Ambassador Patrick Maisonnave is expected to talk.

In Ramallah, too, a march is due in front of the French cultural centre in the early evening.

Hosam Zomlot, an official with Abbas' Fatah party and one of the organisers, said protesters would carry candles and raise the French flag in the centre of Ramallah.

"This is totally and utterly unacceptable and condemned in the hearts of all Palestinians," he told AFP.

© 2015 AFP

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