Israel sends condolences to U.S. president over school massacre

2012-12-15 18:18:35 GMT2012-12-16 02:18:35(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

JERUSALEM, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- Both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres sent condolences to U.S. President Barack Obama Saturday, over the deadly elementary school massacre which left 28 people dead, among them 20 children.

"I was shocked and horrified by today's savage massacre of innocent children and adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut," Netanyahu wrote in a letter dispatched to Obama.

"We in Israel have experienced cruel acts of slaughter and know the shock and agony they bring," he said, adding that he wishes to "express my profound grief, and that of all the people in Israel, to the families who lost their loved ones."

Peres also said in a letter "we share the U.S.' deep sorrows over the terrible and incomprehensible murder of 20 children and six teachers," Peres wrote.

On Friday, 20-year-old Adam Lanza allegedly drove up to the school in Newtown of the Connecticut State, after gunning down his mother at their home, continuing on a killing spree and afterwards killing himself. Local authorities are still examining the incident.

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