5 July 2016

Secretary-General Condemns Deadly Terrorist Attacks in Saudi Arabia during Muslim Holiday as ‘Despicable’

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General condemns the terrorist attacks in the cities of Jeddah, Qatif and Madinah in Saudi Arabia on 4 July 2016.  These crimes are all the more despicable as they were carried out as residents were preparing for Eid al-Fitr celebrations to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

The Secretary-General expresses his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Saudi Arabia.  He wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.

The Secretary-General hopes that those responsible for these crimes will be identified and brought to justice.  He stresses the need to intensify regional and international efforts to prevent and combat terror

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