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New York City increases security around synagogues

Officials taking precautions despite ‘no specific credible threat,’ de Blasio expresses solidarity with Israel

Synagogue in Monsey, New York (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons/Bachrach44)
Synagogue in Monsey, New York (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons/Bachrach44)

New York City on Tuesday increased its police presence at synagogues and other locations in the wake of an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue that left five dead.

“The NYPD is following developments in Jerusalem closely and working with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force to monitor any further developments,” the city’s police commissioner, Bill Bratton, said in a statement. “As of now, there is no specific credible threat to New York City.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio asked New Yorkers to remain alert and report suspicious activity, WCBS-TV reported. He said that the NYPD is “in close contact with its liaison post in Israel.”

The FBI said in a statement that it was “aware of the situation” and was “working in close collaboration and cooperation with the appropriate Israeli allies and partners.”

New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (photo credit: Courtesy BilldeBlasio.com)
New York mayor Bill de Blasio (photo credit: Courtesy BilldeBlasio.com)

In his statement, de Blasio said, “New York City stands in solidarity with Israel at this difficult time, and we hope and pray for a peaceful and secure future for all of its people.” The mayor said he was “horrified and heartbroken” by the attack.

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