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Israel’s ambassador to U.S. says Americans were at tragic festival

Michael Herzog

Michael Herzog, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., said today that Americans were among those at a tragic music festival near Gaza over the weekend.

An Israeli nongovernmental rescue organization, ZAKA, has estimated that 260 people were killed at the two-day Supernova festival as Hamas began its incursion and targeted festivalgoers trying to flee.

“There was a big party there, and they shot the revelers,” he said on CNN tonight. “They shot MPGs on their cars. People are burning alive.”

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“Yes,” he added, “there were Americans there.”

Whether U.S. citizens were among the dead wasn’t clear. Earlier today, President Joe Biden said that so far 11 Americans are known to have been killed in the Hamas attack on Israel.

Yesterday, Herzog indicated Americans are among hostages militants took in Israel.

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