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Cyprus condemns synagogue attack

The foreign ministry on Wednesday condemned an attack in a Jerusalem synagogue that left five people dead and seven more injured.

In a statement, the ministry said it “strongly condemns yesterday’s (Tuesday’s )attack, during prayer, in a place of worship in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem” and deplored “the loss of life of five innocent victims and injury to seven others.”

“We express our condolences to the grieving families along with our wishes for a speedy recovery for those injured in this attack,” the statement said, adding that “it is imperative that all places of worship be safeguarded and left outside any possible conflicts.”

Two Palestinian men attacked the West Jerusalem synagogue with a gun and meat cleavers before being shot dead.

Jerusalem has seen weeks of unrest, partly fuelled by tension over a disputed holy site.

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