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Hillary Clinton Condemns 'Heinous Terrorist Attack' in Tel Aviv

Democratic U.S. presidential nominee expresses 'unwavering support' of Israel's right to defend itself.Presumptive Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton condemned a deadly attack on Wednesday at a popular shopping and restaurant area in Tel Aviv. Clinton reiterated her support of Israel’s right to defend itself.
Four people were killed and six others were wounded in the attack, after two Palestinians dressed in suit and tie and posing as customers at a restaurant, pulled out weapons and opened fire on passersby.
“I condemn the heinous terrorist attack in Tel Aviv today. I send my deepest condolences to the families of those killed and I will continue to pray for the wounded,” Clinton said in a statement released by her campaign. “I stand in solidarity with the Israeli people in the face of these ongoing threats, and in unwavering support of the country’s right to defend itself.”
“Israel’s security must remain non-negotiable,” Clinton added.
The U.S. State Department condemned the terrorist attack “in the strongest possible terms.”
"These cowardly attacks against innocent civilians can never be justified. We are in touch with Israeli authorities to express our support and concern,” deputy spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement.
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