Foreign Ministry says all Israelis in Las Vegas accounted for
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Foreign Ministry says all Israelis in Las Vegas accounted for

No Israelis injured after 18 were initially incommunicado following worst mass shooting in US history

A sheriff's deputy directs cars arriving at the family assistance center at the Las Vegas Convention Center in order to learn more information about their loved ones following a mass shooting, on October 2, 2017. (AFP Photo/Robyn Beck)
A sheriff's deputy directs cars arriving at the family assistance center at the Las Vegas Convention Center in order to learn more information about their loved ones following a mass shooting, on October 2, 2017. (AFP Photo/Robyn Beck)

The Foreign Ministry announced Tuesday that all Israelis in Las Vegas have been accounted for and that none were injured in the mass shooting.

“Thanks to the good work of the Foreign Ministry’s situation room of our Consulate in Los Angeles, we succeeded in reaching  all Israelis that were in Las Vegas. As of now, we do know not of any Israeli who fell victim to this attack,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon told The Times of Israel on Tuesday morning.

Avner Saban, Israel’s consul in Los Angeles, had traveled to Las Vegas to aid in efforts to locate the missing Israelis. He told Army Radio he was assisted by the consulate’s security officer and the local anti-terror unit.

He said 18 Israelis were initially unaccounted for following the shooting, in which gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on a country music concert from inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, killing 59 and wounding hundreds more.

“As far as we know there were no Israelis at the the scene of the shooting,” Saban said. The mass shooting was the deadliest in US history.

By Tuesday there was just one Israeli couple who had not made contact with friends and family, but they have now been found, Saban said, thanking US officials for their assistance.

An ambulance leaves the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue after a mass shooting at a country music festival nearby on October 2, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP)

Following the attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel stands “shoulder to shoulder” with the US “in mourning and sorrow.”

“On this terrible day, the people of Israel stand shoulder to shoulder with the American people in mourning and sorrow,” Netanyahu, who is also foreign minister, wrote on his Twitter account.

“Our hearts go out to the victims’ families and we wish a speedy recovery to the wounded. We grieve with you.”

President Reuven Rivlin sent a message to US President Donald Trump offering his condolences.

“The people of Israel join me in sending our deepest sympathy to you, to the participants in the festival, the people of Las Vegas and to all the people of the United States following this shocking attack which took the lives of so many innocent people and injured so very many more,” Rivlin wrote, according to his office. “We stand with you as you mourn the terrible loss of life and injury following this senseless attack on people who had merely gathered together to listen to music.”

A number of Israeli politicians also lined up on Twitter to condemn the shooting and offer well-wishes to the injured, along with condolences to the families of the victims.

Tel Aviv city hall, lit up in the colors of the American flag to honor the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, on October 2, 2017. (AFP Photo/Jack Guez)

Tel Aviv’s city hall lit up in red, white and blue on Monday evening in solidarity with the United States.

The facade of the building displayed an American flag and an Israeli flag, toggling between the two, to show support after the Sunday night shooting in Las Vegas.

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