Israel, Palestinians condemn Moscow bombing

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas both condemned a suicide bombing which killed at least 35 people at a Moscow airport on Monday.

"Israel condemns this terrorist attack on Moscow, and expresses its condolences to the victims' families as well as solidarity with the Russian people in its war against terrorism that threatens all civilised beings," Netanyahu said in a statement.

In a speech in parliament reported by Israeli websites, Netanyahu told MPs: "Terrorism is international, and the reaction must be international. We will unite our forces. The terrorists will not make us give in, we will beat them and ensure their conspiracies fail."

For his part, Abbas "condemned the terrorist suicide attack at Moscow airport," spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina told AFP by telephone from the Jordanian capital Amman where he was accompanying the Palestinian president.

"Mr Abbas has sent his sincerest condolences to President Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, to the Russian people and to the families of the victims."

Abbas met Medvedev on January 18 when he made his first Middle East visit as Russian head of state.

A suicide bomber killed at least 35 people and wounded dozens on Monday when he blew himself up in the packed arrivals hall of Domodedovo, Moscow's largest airport, in an attack slammed by the Kremlin as an act of terror.

© 2011 AFP

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