US and UN condemn terror attack in southern Israel that killed four people

Israeli security and rescue forces secure the scene of an attack in which people were killed near a shopping mall in Beersheba, Israel, March 22, 2022. Photo: Reuters/Dudu Grunshpan

JNS.org – International officials have condemned Tuesday’s terror attack that killed four civilians and injured at least two others in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba.

“Dastardly terrorist attack today in Beersheva,” said US Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides. “It has to stop! My thoughts are with the victims and their families. »

Four civilians were brutally murdered in one of the worst nationalist incidents in years. The terrorist was identified as Muhammad Abu Al-Kiyan, 34, who spent time in an Israeli prison and was known to be an IS supporter, reports Kan News.

UN Special Coordinator for Middle East Peace Tor Wennesland also condemned the attack, saying there was “no justification for violence or terrorism”.

“There is nothing heroic about killing civilians, and there is no excuse for praising such acts. It must be condemned by all,” he said.

Wennesland went on to say that he is “increasingly alarmed by the ongoing violence in the occupied Palestinian territory and in Israel that is unfolding daily. This is the seventh stabbing attack on Israelis this month.

He added that these incidents “only underscore the volatility of the situation and the urgent need for all leaders to work together against the spiral of violence”.

EU Ambassador to Israel Dimiter Tzantchev also sent his condolences to the families of the victims, unequivocally condemning “such senseless acts”.

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