Canada condemns deadly attack on Jerusalem synagogue
Prime Minister Stephen Harper responds to a question during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, October 23, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, November 18, 2014 7:59AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, November 18, 2014 8:05AM EST
JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Canada condemns today's deadly attack on a Jerusalem synagogue.
Israeli officials say two Palestinians attacked worshippers with meat cleavers and a gun during morning prayers -- killing four people -- before they were killed in a shootout with police.
Harper says on Twitter that Canada "condemns the barbaric act of terror" and adds: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Israel."
Canada condemns the barbaric act of terror against a synagogue in West Jerusalem. Our thoughts & prayers are with the people of Israel.— Stephen Harper (@pmharper) November 18, 2014
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will "respond harshly."
He called the attack a "cruel murder of Jews who came to pray and were killed by despicable murderers."
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry also denounced the attack, calling it an "act of pure terror and senseless brutality and violence."
Meanwhile, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is also condemning the attack -- the first time he has done so since a recent spike in deadly violence against Israelis.
Abbas also called for an end to Israeli "provocations" surrounding the sacred site.
The attack is the deadliest in Jerusalem in years and it's feared it will ratchet up fears of sustained violence in the city.