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Saudi Arabia: 4 hurt in blast at WWI memorial

Explosion reported at ceremony attended by foreign diplomats in Jeddah

Ali Abo Rezeg, Mahmoud Barakat and Ali Semerci   | 11.11.2020
Saudi Arabia: 4 hurt in blast at WWI memorial

ANKARA/ISTANBUL

At least four people were injured in what French officials described as a “bomb attack” during a ceremony Wednesday in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, according to media reports.

France’s Foreign Ministry said the attack occurred during an event attended by foreign diplomats to commemorate the end of World War I.

"The annual ceremony commemorating the end of World War I at the non-Muslim cemetery in Jeddah, attended by several consulates, including that of France, was the target of an IED [improvised explosive device] attack this morning, which injured several people," the ministry said in a statement.

No more details have been disclosed.

The Emirate of Mecca Province described it as "a coward attack” and said an investigation was launched.

France, Greece, Italy, the UK and the US embassies condemned the attack in a joint statement.

The embassies "which were associated with this commemoration strongly condemn this coward attack. Such attacks on innocent people are shameful and entirely without justification," it said.

They wished a speedy recovery of the injured and thanked "the brave Saudi first responders who assisted those at the scene."

The five countries pledged support for Saudi authorities in the investigation.

Qatar condemned the attack and said it rejects any kind of violence and terror in any case.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) also strongly condemned the “cowardly” attack and said the nation stands in solidarity against any threat that targets the security and stability of Saudi Arabia.

Bahraini Foreign Ministry released a statement pledging support for all measures by Saudi Arabia to ensure security and stability in its territory and to ensure the safety of its citizens and residents.

This heinous attack, which targets innocent civilians, frightens people and violates all heavenly religions and civil laws, reveals the ugly face of violence and extremism, the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Jordan also condemned the attack that targeted innocent civilians and said it is against all religious and humanitarian values and principles. 

*Zehra Nur Duz contributed to this report from Ankara

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