Israeli consul headed to area of hostage standoff

Israel’s consul general to the US southwest, Livia Link, is on her way to the scene of a hostage standoff in a synagogue in the Texas city of Colleyville.

“I’m on my way to the area as we are closely monitoring and receiving updates on the developing situation in Colleyville, Texas and am here standing with the congregation at this difficult time,” Link says.

“My heart and my prayers are with the Jewish community today.”

Link earlier spoke to Foreign Minister Yair Lapid about the situation.

Israel’s consul general in New York, Asaf Zamir, says:

“We are hoping for the best In light of the frightening situation unfolding at a synagogue in Texas right now. Once again, it appears violent antisemitism has targeted a house of worship. Our thoughts are with the hostages and the brave 1st responders on the scene at this time.”

An armored truck in the parking lot of Colleyville Middle School on January 15, 2022 in Colleyville, Texas. (Emil Lippe/Getty Images/AFP)

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