Prime Minister Naftali Bennett offered Israeli assistance to the communities in Kentucky ravaged by deadly tornadoes over the weekend.
“Sending thoughts & prayers to all those affected by the devastating tornadoes that hit several US states, especially the people of Kentucky,” the premier tweets. “Israel is ready to offer any assistance needed.”
Israel’s Ambassador to the US Mike Herzog joins the call, tweeting, “Our heartfelt condolences to those who lost loved ones in last night’s devastating storms, and wishes of a speedy recovery to the wounded. Israel stands together with the American people and is ready to offer any assistance needed.”
Rescuers are combing through fields of wreckage after the tornado outbreak roared across the middle of the US, leaving dozens dead and communities in despair.
A twister carved a track that could rival the longest on record as the stormfront smashed apart a candle factory, crushed a nursing home and flattened an Amazon distribution center.
In Kentucky alone, 22 were confirmed dead by late Saturday, including 11 in and around Bowling Green. But Governor Andy Beshear said upwards of 70 may have been killed when a twister touched down for more than 200 miles (320 kilometers) in his state and that the number of deaths could eventually exceed 100 across 10 or more counties.
The death toll of 36 across five states includes six people in Illinois, where an Amazon facility was hit; four in Tennessee; two in Arkansas, where a nursing home was destroyed; and two in Missouri.