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The Latest: Israel stands with US after nightclub attack

  • Mourners attend a candlelight vigil in Toronto on Sunday, June 12, 2016 to honor victims of the mass shootings in Orlando. (Christopher Katsarov/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Mourners attend a candlelight vigil in Toronto on Sunday, June 12, 2016 to honor victims of the mass shootings in Orlando. (Christopher Katsarov/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Family gather for shooting victims Monday, June 13, 2016, at Beardall in Orlando, just north of the shooting scene at  the Pulse night club in Orlando. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel via AP)     ** LEESBURG OUT, LADY LAKE OUT , DAYTONA BEACH NEWS JOURNAL OUT , TV OUT, MAGS OUT, NO SALES **

    Family gather for shooting victims Monday, June 13, 2016, at Beardall in Orlando, just north of the shooting scene at the Pulse night club in Orlando. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel via AP) ** LEESBURG OUT, LADY LAKE OUT , DAYTONA BEACH NEWS JOURNAL OUT , TV OUT, MAGS OUT, NO SALES **  (The Associated Press)

  • Tourists walk past a flag flown at half-mast in Epcot in Orlando on Monday, June 13, 2016. (Dewayne Bevil/Orlando Sentinel via AP) (Jacob Langston/Orlando Sentinel via AP)  MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

    Tourists walk past a flag flown at half-mast in Epcot in Orlando on Monday, June 13, 2016. (Dewayne Bevil/Orlando Sentinel via AP) (Jacob Langston/Orlando Sentinel via AP) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on the deadly shooting at a nightclub in Orlando. (all times local):

3:45 a.m.

Israel's ceremonial president says the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 50 people and wounded dozens more is "as cowardly as it is abhorrent."

In a letter to President Barack Obama, Reuven Rivlin says Monday that Israel stands "shoulder to shoulder with our American brothers and sisters" after the attack on the LGBT community.

He sent his condolences and said there is "no comfort for those who have had their loved ones torn away from them."

The Orlando attack has dominated news in Israel, which has seen a wave of Palestinian attacks in recent months. On Wednesday two Palestinian gunmen killed four people at a popular shopping and restaurant area in Tel Aviv.

LGBT groups in Israel planned rallies and other support for the community in Orlando.

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3 a.m.

Dozens of bodies were slowly removed overnight from a popular Orlando gay club after a gunman sprayed the helpless crowd with bullets in violence that killed 50 people and devastated a city famous for family-friendly theme parks.

When the attacker opened fire in the early hours of Sunday morning, it interrupted an evening of drinking, dancing and drag shows at a club known for tolerance for all people.

Authorities say suspect Omar Mateen emerged, carrying an AR-15 and fired relentlessly — 20 rounds, 40, then 50 and more. In such tight quarters, the bullets could hardly miss. He shot at police. He took hostages.

When the gunfire at the Pulse Orlando club finally stopped, 50 people were dead and dozens critically wounded in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.