Las Vegas: 6 Israelis still unaccounted for after deadly mass shooting

The Israeli consul in Las Vegas, Avner Saban, said four out of six missing Israelis were probably not present at the scene of the deadly shooting. The fate of the other two is currently unknown.
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Hours after a deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, the Israeli Foreign Ministry and local authorities are still searching for six Israeli citizens who remain unaccounted for. Four of them, said the Israeli consul in Las Vegas, Avner Saban, are believed not to have been near the scene of the attack when it took place.

"As far as we know, only two Israelis were in that area," Saban told Channel 2 News. "I'm currently at the Counter Terrorism Center in Vegas, we're always checking to see if there are any Israelis among the casualties. Gladly, we haven't seen such information so far."

Saban went on to describe the state of shock hanging over the city. "There was a complete lockdown this morning," he said. "They're slowly re-opening certain areas, but the city is very sad, people are crying hysterically."

Photo credit: Sky News/Channel 2 News

Earlier, Las Vegas Police Sheriff Joe Lombardo said 58 people were killed and at least 515 hospitalized when a gunman opened fire during a country music festival outside the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

ISIS was quick to claim responsibility for the attack, saying that the assailant had recently converted to Islam, but police rejected this.

The gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, was found dead in his room. It is believed that he committed suicide.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the Las Vegas attack, expressing the solidarity of the Israeli people with the US. "Our hearts go out to the victims' families," he said.



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