An official from Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party was reportedly fired Saturday after saying she hoped Israeli tourists injured in Saturday’s deadly suicide bombing in downtown Istanbul had died.

Irem Atkas sent her ill-wishes over Twitter shortly after a bomb was detonated in central Istanbul, killing three Israelis and wounding 11 others, according to Turkish officials.

“I wish that the wounded Israeli tourists were dead,” Irem Aktas, a board member in the women’s branch of the party in the Istanbul neighborhood of Eyup tweeted shortly after the attack. Her account was removed from social media site not long thereafter.

Aktas was reportedly dismissed from her duties immediately afterwards.

Irem Aktas (Screen capture Twitter)

Irem Aktas (Screen capture Twitter)

Five people in total were killed and another 36 injured after the suicide bomber struck Istiklal Caddesi, a pedestrian thoroughfare on the European side of Istanbul that is usually thronged with shoppers and strollers but was still relatively quiet when the bomber struck around 11:00 a.m. local time.

Turkish police, forensics and emergency services work on the scene of an explosion on the pedestrian Istiklal avenue in Istanbul on March 19, 2016. (AFP / Bulent KILIC)

Turkish police, forensics and emergency services work on the scene of an explosion on the pedestrian Istiklal avenue in Istanbul on March 19, 2016. (AFP / Bulent KILIC)

The fourth person was an Iranian national and the fifth was the suicide bomber, according to Turkish daily Hurriyet.

Israeli officials only confirmed one national was killed.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the Foreign Ministry to contact the Turkish Foreign Ministry and demand an official apology.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Emanuel Nahshon said in a statement responding to Aktas’s tweet that the Foreign Ministry was “examining this issue with the Turkish Foreign Ministry. If [the tweet] is true, this is a shocking and ugly statement and we expect [the Turkish government] to apologize and distance itself from the statement.”

Among the reactions on Twitter, some users wondered whether anti-Semitism was President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s new strategy to fight terrorism. Others accused Aktas of supporting Kurdish terrorists.

Nobody immediately took responsibility for the blast, which came on the heels of a series of attacks by Kurdish nationalists in Turkey over the last several months.

Turkish officials said it was likely either the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) or the Islamic State, both of which have carried out bombings in Turkish cities in recent months.

A pro-government publication, Karar, claimed the attack was carried out by an Islamic State cell.

Aykan Erdemir, a former Turkish MP and columnist, captured an image of Aktas’s tweet before it was removed. He later tweeted that her hurtful comment was not representative of other Turkish politicians.

According to English-language paper Daily Sabah, Hatice Yücel, chairman of the Women’s Branch of the party’s Eyup district, said Saturday that the district organization was taking the necessary steps to discharge Aktas and her views as shared on social media did not reflect the party’s views.

Yücel expressed her condolences to the victims and wished for a quick recovery for the wounded.