In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation confirmed that the UAE expresses its strong condemnation of these criminal and sabotage acts. It stressed its permanent rejection of all forms of violence that aim to destabilize security and stability, and are inconsistent with religious and humanitarian values and principles. The ministry expressed its sincere condolences and condolences to the families of the victims, and its wishes for a speedy recovery for all the injured.
This comes after a man carrying a knife in a church in Nice killed three people, at least one of them by slaughtering, and injured others before police arrested him. This coincided with a man attacking a guard at the French Consulate in Jeddah with a “sharp object,” which caused his injuries, according to what the Saudi authorities said, which confirmed the attacker’s arrest.
The French counterterrorism prosecution has opened an investigation into the Nice attack, which the city’s mayor, Christian Estroszi, considered a “fascist attack.”
Two of the victims died in Notre Dame Church in the heart of the city, while the third died after suffering severe injuries in a nearby area where he had taken refuge, according to the police, who confirmed that they are now in control of the situation. Sources said that the attacker in Nice is a 21-year-old Tunisian immigrant, and he came from Italy.
After the attack, the authorities decided to raise the level of security alert in buildings, transportation and public places. Representatives in Parliament observed a minute of silence in mourning, before Prime Minister Jean Castex and other ministers abruptly left for a crisis meeting with President Emmanuel Macron.
After the incident, Macron announced that France would not compromise any of the French values, especially “freedom of belief or non-belief,” denouncing “a terrorist attack.” He said, “We are attacking for our values.” He called on the people to unite and not to surrender to a sense of terror, announcing the increase in the number of soldiers in Operation Santinelle from three thousand to seven thousand, to protect places of worship, especially with the approaching All Saints Day for Catholics next Sunday.
Castex denounced “a brutal attack that saddened the whole country,” saying that it “struck the Catholic Christians to the core.” Following the Nice attack, police killed a man armed with a knife in the southeastern city of Avignon. The local police spokesman in Avignon confirmed that the man threatened passers-by with a knife, pointing out that, upon arrival at the site, the police officers asked the man to obey their orders, then fired rubber bullets at him to force him to stop, but he continued approaching them threatening them with a knife, which prompted them to Live bullets at him.
Authorities have arrested a person believed to be planning to carry out an attack on a church in the town of Sartrouville, northwest of Paris. An Afghani wearing traditional dress and carrying a knife was also arrested in Lyon, after it was considered a threat. The authorities confirmed that the person who was arrested “was carrying a knife measuring 30 centimeters in length and seemed ready to take some action.” Another source close to the file stated that this man, who had previously been “reported by the intelligence services”, was placed in pretrial detention “for carrying a prohibited weapon and because of threats with weapons.”
The Nice attack was met with widespread international condemnation, and Saudi Arabia confirmed its condemnation of the act, which it described as “terrorist.” And stressed its categorical rejection of such extremist acts that are inconsistent with all religions, human beliefs and common sense of humanity.
The French Bishops Conference considered the incident an “indescribable” act, and expressed its hope that “the French will not become a target for murder.” “We were extremely moved and shocked by this kind of unspeakable act,” said Father Hugh de Wollemon, a spokesman for the center, adding, “There is an urgent need to combat this scourge, which is terrorism, with the same urgency to build brotherhood in our country in a concrete way.”
In the Vatican, Pope Francis prayed for the victims, saying that “terrorism and violence can never be accepted.” The Supreme Pontiff exhorted the French people “to stand together to confront evil with good.”
“Today’s attack (yesterday) sowed death in a place of love and solace,” Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said. The Pope is aware of the situation, and is in contact with the grieving Catholic community. ”
A number of European leaders expressed their solidarity with France in the incident and in its fight against extremism. European Parliament President David Sassoli called on Europeans to “unite against violence and against those who seek to incite and spread hatred.” “I feel deeply shocked and saddened by the horrific news of Nice’s attack,” he wrote in a tweet. We all feel this pain in Europe. ”
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte condemned the “disgraceful attack” that “will not destabilize the united front in defense of the values of freedom and peace.” He added in a tweet: “Our convictions are stronger than fanaticism, hatred and terrorism.”
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a tweet: “I condemn the hateful and brutal attack in Nice, and stand with France with all my heart.” She added, “I express my solidarity with the victims of this abhorrent act. The whole of Europe stands in solidarity with France. We will remain united and resolute in the face of barbarism and fanaticism. ”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel also confirmed to stand by France after the “brutal” attack. “I am deeply shocked by the brutal killings at the church in Nice,” she said in a tweet. My thoughts are with the relatives of the dead and wounded. Germany stands with France in this difficult time ».
In Spain, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said: “We continue to defend freedom, our democratic values, peace and the security of our citizens. We stand on one side against terrorism and hatred. ”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also pledged to stand by France in its fight against extremism.
Al-Azhar: Terrorist acts are contrary to the teachings of Islam
Al-Azhar Al-Sharif and its Grand Imam, Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, strongly condemned yesterday’s hateful terrorist attack in the Notre Dame church in Nice, France, which resulted in deaths and injuries.
In a statement, Al-Azhar stressed that there is in no way a justification for those hateful terrorist acts that contradict the tolerant teachings of Islam and all divine religions, calling for the need to work to counter all acts of violence, extremism, hatred and intolerance.
Al-Azhar warned of the escalation of violence and hate speech, calling for the primacy of the voice of wisdom, reason and commitment to social responsibility, especially when it comes to the beliefs and souls of others. (WAM)
Paris praises the Saudi security vigilance
On Thursday, the French embassy in Riyadh issued a statement regarding the stabbing of a security guard at its consulate in Jeddah, by someone.
The embassy confirmed its confidence in the Saudi authorities, in uncovering the circumstances of the accident, and ensuring the security of the French facilities and community in the Kingdom.
The embassy said that the security forces immediately arrested the perpetrator, while the security guard was transferred to the hospital, where his health condition is stable.
The Makkah Police arrested a Saudi who attacked a security guard at the French Consulate in Jeddah with a sharp object, leaving him lightly wounded.
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