Israeli ministers on Friday expressed solidarity with Egypt following a deadly terror attack in a north Sinai mosque that claimed at least 200 lives, with one calling for “a regional front” against jihadists.
They also used the attack as a platform to attack Iran.
On Twitter, Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) offered “condolences to the families of the dozens of people murdered in the terror attack on a mosque in Sinai” and said the Jewish state “stands shoulder to shoulder with Egypt and other countries in region and the international arena in the war against radical Islamic terror.”
My condolences to the families of the dozens of people murdered in the terror attack on a mosque in the Sinai. Israel stands shoulder to shoulder with Egypt and other countries in region and the international arena in the war against radical Islamic terror.
— ישראל כ”ץ Israel Katz (@Israel_katz) November 24, 2017
In a Hebrew tweet, he also said “Radical Islam is striking indiscriminately and murdering Muslims as well. It’s time to form a regional front against Iran’s Shiite terrorism and Islamic State’s Sunni terror.”
Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) offered condolences and said: “The murderous terror attack is testimony to the fact that a new world order is being created around us, in which the distinction is between terror supporters like Iran and [IS] and supporters of humanity.
“This is a time for international unity in the war on terror wherever it presents itself: Russia, Europe, the US, Israel and the Arab world — we have all been hurt by terror and must unite in our battle against it. If the enlightened world unites, we will prevail and win.”
Egyptian officials said gunmen in four off-road vehicles bombed the mosque and fired on worshippers, killing at least 200 people and wounding 130.
Egypt has been battling militants in the restive Sinai region, including the Egyptian affiliate of the Islamic State.
The jihadists attacked the al-Rawdah mosque in the town of Bir al-Abd, 40 km (25 miles) from the North Sinai provincial capital of el-Arish, opening fire on worshippers inside during the sermon, three police officers said.
Victims were being transferred to local hospitals, they added, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to brief reporters. They said the attackers had blocked escape routes from the area by blowing up cars and leaving the burning wrecks blocking the roads.
Egypt’s state news agency reported the casualty toll, citing “official sources,” revising it upward several times following the officials’ initial reports.