The French Embassy in Saudi Arabia said in a statement: “This morning, a ceremony was held at Jeddah Cemetery to commemorate the end of the First World War. This was the target of an improvised explosive device attack.” “Related to this commemoration. The embassies of France, Greece, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States strongly condemned this weak attack.”
Although the details of the incident are not yet clear, this is after France defended the prophet Muhammad’s cartoon. Last month, a security guard at the French consulate in Jeddah attacked with a knife. This position triggered protests and boycotts throughout the Muslim world. .
After a teacher was beheaded for showing these images to students in the suburbs of Paris in October, France defended the principles of cartoons and free expression. Subsequently, the three were killed in a knife shot in Nice Cathedral.
In an interview with Al Jazeera last month, President Emmanuel Macron tried to calm the tensions between France and the Muslim world that were heightened by Mohammed’s cartoons.
Macron said that he can “understand the emotions expressed, and I respect them.”
A Saudi national was detained in the Jeddah assassination. Saudi Arabia expressed its solidarity with France and condemned the recent attacks on French soil.
Saudi Arabia is frequently attacked by terrorist organizations, including al Qaeda. These terrorist organizations have carried out large-scale attacks since 2003, and have recently been attacked by attackers sympathetic to the Islamic State group. The attacks targeted government agencies, Westerners stationed in Saudi Arabia and members of Saudi Arabia’s Shia minority, which hardline Sunni Muslims consider this to be heresy.
The statement of the French Embassy in Riyadh said: “This attack on innocent people is shameful and totally unjustified.” A man who answered the phone at the embassy declined to comment further on Wednesday’s attack.
Fahim reports from Istanbul. Nader Durgham of Beirut contributed to this report.