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Rotterdam flies Israeli flag at half mast in solidarity with terror victims

The Israeli flag is flown at half mast at the town hall building of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands on January 10, 2017
David de Leeuw - NIW Dutch Jewish Weekly
The gesture was reportedly the decision of Rotterdam's Moroccan-born Muslim mayor, Ahmed Aboutaleb

The city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands on Sunday flew an Israeli flag at half mast atop the town hall in solidarity with the victims of Sunday's terror attack in Jerusalem which killed four people and wounded another 17.

Four Israeli soldiers aged 20 to 22 were killed in the attack when East Jerusalem resident Fadi el-Qanbar swerved his truck onto the sidewalk and into a group of soldiers debarking a bus at the Haas-Sherover Promenade in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood of Jerusalem.

The four killed soldiers — three women and one man — were later named as Lieutenant Yael Yekutiel (20) of Givatayim, Cadet Shir Hajaj (22) of Maaleh Adumim, Cadet Shira Tzur (20) from Haifa, and Cadet Erez Orbach (20) from Alon Shvut.

They were buried in military ceremonies attended by hundreds on Monday.

According to the Ynet news site, the gesture was the decision of Rotterdam's Moroccan-born Muslim mayor, Ahmed Aboutaleb.

The move comes a day after Berlin's Brandenburg Gate lit up in the colors of the Israeli flag, also in a show of solidarity with the victims of the truck-ramming attack.

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