Singapore deeply concerned about situation in Jerusalem: MFA spokesman

Ultra Orthodox Jews on Nov 19, 2014 look at bullet holes in the main window of a synagogue in Jerusalem which was attacked the previous day by two Palestinians armed with a gun and meat cleavers, leaving five Israeli worhipers killed. -- PHOTO:
Ultra Orthodox Jews on Nov 19, 2014 look at bullet holes in the main window of a synagogue in Jerusalem which was attacked the previous day by two Palestinians armed with a gun and meat cleavers, leaving five Israeli worhipers killed. -- PHOTO: AFP

Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday that the Republic was "deeply concerned" about recent events in Jerusalem, a day after an attack at a synagogue in the city left seven dead.

"Singapore is deeply concerned about recent developments in Jerusalem. We condemn all acts of violence against innocent civilians, in particular the heinous attack at a synagogue on 18 November 2014," an MFA spokeman said in a statement.

"Places of worship of all faiths are sacrosanct and must be respected and protected by all. We call on the political leadership on all sides to avoid escalating tensions which could spiral into a new cycle of violence," the official said.

Two Palestinians wielding a gun and meat cleavers killed five Israelis at a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday, in the city's bloodiest attack in six years. The assailants later died in a gun fight with police.