Israel sends condolences after Las Vegas massacre

Israeli PM prays for families of 58 victims, speedy recovery to more than 500 wounded in deadliest mass shooting in US history.

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Binyamin Netanyahu
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu offered his condolences to the American people following the deadliest mass shooting in US history.

58 people were murdered and 516 were wounded when a gunman opened automatic fire from his hotel room at a country music concert at the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas just before 10:30 p.m. local time Sunday night.

"On this terrible day, the people of Israel stand shoulder to shoulder with the American people in mourning and sorrow," Netanyahu wrote on his Twitter account.

"Our hearts go out to the victims' families and we wish a speedy recovery to the wounded. We grieve with you."

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin also expressed his condolences in a letter to US President Donald Trump.

Rivlin wrote to Trump: "The people of Israel and I send you, the festival participants, the citizens of Las Vegas, and all the citizens of the United States, our deep condolences in the wake of this shocking attack that claimed the lives of so many innocents and led to the injury of many others."

The President stressed: "We stand by you in mourning for the terrible loss of life in this senseless attack on people who have gathered together in joy to listen to music."

In addition, the President asked President Trump "to convey our sincere condolences to the bereaved families and to give our prayers for the speedy recovery of the wounded."