UN chief condemns terrorist attacks in 3 Saudi cities

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UNITED NATIONS, July 5 (APP): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned Monday’s terrorist attacks in the Saudi cities of Jeddah,
Qatif and Madinah, and called for bringing those responsible to justice.

“These crimes are all the more despicable as they were carried out
as residents were preparing for Eid ul-Fitr celebrations to mark the end
of the holy month of Ramadan,” the secretary-general’s spokesman said in a statement released at UN Headquarters in New York.

The secretary-general expressed his “deepest” condolences to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Saudi
Arabia, wishing those injured a speedy recovery.

“He stresses the need to intensify regional and international
efforts to prevent and combat terrorism,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the U.N. human rights chief called the suicide bombing outside the mosque of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) an attack on Islam itself.

Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights
and a member of the Jordanian royal family, delivered his remarks via
a spokesman in Geneva.

“This is one of the holiest sites in Islam, and for such an attack to take place there, during Ramadan, can be considered a direct attack on Muslims all across the world,” he said.

“It is an attack on the religion itself.”