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Condolences over terror attack in Turkey

By Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Tuesday, December 13
Georgia’s top officials and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have released special statements offering condolences over the recent terrorist attack in Turkey, which left over about 40 people dead and dozens injured.

“I wish to express my extreme concern about the terrorist attack in Istanbul, which killed dozens of people. Let me offer my most sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims, people and authorities of Turkey,” Georgia’s Prime Minister said.

“I categorically condemn any and all forms of violence, which victimize human lives and are aimed at threatening people. We stand by those countries which have announced a ruthless fight against terrorism. We join their undertakings and believe that we can combat brutalities only through shared efforts,” the PM added.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia stressed it condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia conveys its sincere condolences to the families of terrorism victims, as well as to the Government of the Republic of Turkey and wishes a speedy recovery to those who have suffered injuries,” Georgia’s Foreign Ministry wrote.

The number of victims has now reached 44 dead, the Haber 7 newspaper reported on Sunday yesterday, as initially only 38 people were reported to be killed.

Two bombs exploded less than a minute apart at about 11pm (GMT +3 hours) outside a soccer stadium in a coordinated attack on police shortly after a match between two of Turkey's top teams.

As many as 155 people were wounded in the result of the attack; 14 of them remain in intensive care according to the Turkish Ministry of Health.