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Middle East states share condolences after Texas mass shooting

Turkey, Israel and others refrained from commenting on the American gun debate in their statements.

Several Middle Eastern states have issued statements in response to the horrific school shooting in the southern US state of Texas. 

A lone gunmen opened fire inside a school in Uvalde, Texas using a semi-automatic rifle yesterday, killing at least 19 children and two teachers. The tragedy reignited the divisive debate over gun control in the United States. 

A number of Middle Eastern governments issued statements of condolences in response to the tragedy. The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said they were “deeply saddened” to learn of the event, while the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the shooting, calling it a “heinous crime.”

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, whose parents are from the US, tweeted that “Israel mourns together with the American people.” 

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi also wrote on Twitter to say his “thoughts and prayers” are with the victims. 

None of the governments addressed the controversy surrounding gun control in the United States. 

The US has the highest known per capita gun ownership in the world with more than 120 guns per 100 people. Second is the British territory the Falkland Islands off the coast of South America with 62 guns per 100 people. War-torn Yemen is notably third, with 52 guns per 100 people, according to World Population Review.