The government on Saturday condemned car bomb attacks on two synagogues in Istanbul that killed at least twenty people and wounded more than 200 as worshippers celebrated the Sabbath. Governments and organizations throughout the world condemned the attacks and Israel said it was confident that Turkey would find those responsible.
Prime Minister Costas Simitis send a telegram of condolence to his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan for the victims in the attack, government officials said.
Foreign Minister George Papandreou also deplored the bombing.
”This was a barbaric and repugnant move, an act of wanton violence that resulted in the deaths of innocent civilians,” Papandreou said in a statement.
”We send our condolences to the people and government of Turkey, the victims’ families, and the Jewish community in Istanbul. We must continually strive against the forces of hate, violence, terrorism, racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism,” he said.
The minister added that striving for human rights and civilised values cut across religious and political boundaries.
Government spokesman Christos Protopappas stressed that the government strongly deplored the attack and sent its condolences to the families of victims, the people of Turkey and their government.
The leader of the main opposition New Democracy party, Costas Karamanlis, sent a telegram of condolence to Turkey’s prime minister saying that Greeks strongly opposed any act of violence.
”The bomb attack in Istanbul is the expression of a global problem that must be rooted out,” Karamanlis underlined.