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Israeli leaders condemn ‘horrific’ Kabul airport bombings

Bennett says Jewish state stands with US during ‘these difficult times,’ after at least 12 American troops killed in attack

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks during a meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC, on August 25, 2021. (Olivier DOULIERY / POOL / AFP)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks during a meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC, on August 25, 2021. (Olivier DOULIERY / POOL / AFP)

Israeli leaders on Thursday night expressed their condolences over the deadly attacks at Kabul airport earlier in the day, which killed at least 72 people and wounded dozens more.

“On behalf of the people of Israel, I share our deep sadness over the loss of American lives in Kabul,” Prime Minister Naftali Bennett tweeted.

“Israel stands with the United States in these difficult times, just as America has always stood with us. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of the United States,” he added.

Bennett is currently in Washington and was scheduled to meet Thursday with US President Joe Biden, but the meeting was delayed to Friday because of the attacks.

“I am shocked and saddened by the horrific terror attack in Kabul,” Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said.

“The prayers of the people of Israel are with the families of the civilians and soldiers who were murdered today,” Lapid said, adding that “we stand shoulder to shoulder with the United States in the fight against terrorism.”

Smoke rises from an explosion outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Wali Sabawoon)

At least 12 US service members were killed in the Afghanistan bombings, including 11 Marines and one Navy medic, according to two US officials. Officials said a number of US military troops were wounded. They warned, however, that the numbers may grow.

An Afghan official said at least 60 Afghans were killed and another 143 were wounded in the attacks. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief media.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the US troops and the Afghan people in Kabul, following the attacks that recently took place,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz said.

Medical and hospital staff bring an injured man on a stretcher for treatment after two powerful explosions outside the airport in Kabul on August 26, 2021. (Wakil KOHSAR / AFP)

“I extend my condolences for the lives lost and pray for the rapid recovery of the injured. We stand with our American partners,” he added.

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan said he sent his condolences “to the families of the Americans and Afghans who were killed. Israel embraces the brave American soldiers who gave their lives to save so much.”

The explosions hit just outside the Kabul airport, where thousands of people were gathered to try to flee Afghanistan on Western airlifts since the Taliban seized power earlier this month.

The US airlift is scheduled to end on August 31, with a complete withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.

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