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Israel Offers Support to Spain Following ISIS-Claimed Van Ramming Attack in Barcelona

Israel offered support to Spain following a terror attack, which ISIS took credit for, claiming at least twelve lives and injuring 80 more on Thursday.

A van rammed into a crowd in a section of Barcelona’s most famous street that had been made into a pedestrian mall, The New York Times reported.

Shortly afterwards ISIS took credit for the attack claiming that its “soldiers” had carried it out. Barcelona is the latest European city to be struck by such an attack. Since last year, cities such as Nice, Berlin, and London have suffered similar attacks.

Two suspects were arrested following the attack. One was arrested near the scene of the attack and a second about 50 miles away. A third suspect died after trying to ram police near the scene of the attack. It is unclear if the police killed him or if he took his own life.

During a recent wave of terror, Palestinians frequently used car rammings as a means of attacking Israelis.

In solidarity with the victims, the lights in Tel Aviv City Hall lit up with the colors of the Spanish flag.

“Terror is terror and Israel stands by the side of the people of Spain as we pledge to fight all those who seek to harm the free world,” a statement released by Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon to his Spanish counterpart, read.

Israel’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Hotovely said, “I condemn this deplorable act of terror and senseless death and stand with Spain with prayers for the fast recovery of the victims.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “Israel strongly condemns the terrorist attack in Barcelona.”

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