UN chief, Security Council denounce Arish attack


Fri, 24 Nov 2017 - 09:18 GMT

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres - Reuters

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres - Reuters

CAIRO – 24 November 2017: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the United Nations Security Council said in a statement on Friday that they “condemn in the strongest terms the attack on Rawdah Mosque of Bir Al-Abed city in North Sinai that left scores of people dead and wounded.”

Guterres extended his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the Egyptian government, and wished a speedy recovery to those who have been injured, the UN Secretary-General’s spokesperson, Farhan Haq, said in the statement.

Guterres called for bringing the perpetrators of Friday’s horrific attack to justice.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi of Italy, who currently holds the presidency of the Security Council, said in a press statement that the international body strongly condemned the “heinous and cowardly terrorist attack” that reportedly left at least 235 people dead and over 125 injured.

The Security Council also underlined “the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice.

Cardi reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms threatens international peace and security.

Rawdah mosque was attacked during Friday prayers by setting up explosives and spraying worshippers with gunfire, killing at least 235 people in the deadliest ever attack by Islamic extremists in Egypt.



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