Netanyahu condemns terrorist attack in Turkey
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Netanyahu condemns terrorist attack in Turkey

(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned a car bombing in Ankara, Turkey, that killed dozens of people.

The bomb that exploded at a busy bus stop in the center of the capital on Sunday left at least 37 dead and dozens wounded.

“Israel expresses solidarity with the Turkish people in the war against terrorism and calls on the international community to unite in the fight against terrorism,” said a statement issued Sunday evening by the Prime Minister’s Office.

Turkey-Israel relations have been strained for several years after a longtime alliance.

Turkish authorities arrested at least 29 people in anti-terror raids and fighter jets struck Kurdish separatist targets in Iraq on Monday, CNN reported, citing Turkey’s semiofficial Anadolu agency. The raids and airstrikes targeted members and facilities of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, a separatist group that has been responsible for other attacks in Turkey.

“Terror organizations and their pawns are targeting our innocent citizens in the most immoral and heartless way as they lose the fight against our security forces,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a statement while vowing to bring “down terror to its heel.”

Turkish authorities have not said who they believe is behind the attack.