A bomb attack took place Wednesday in commemoration of World War I organized by European diplomats in the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, France said, injuring several people amid anger among Muslims at the French cartoons .
The attack on a non-Muslim cemetery is the second attack in the state in less than a month, as French President Emmanuel Macron tried to provoke anger in Muslim countries over the satirical caricature of Prophet Mohammed.
“An annual ceremony held at the non-Muslim cemetery in Jeddah commemorating the end of World War I, which included several consulates, including those of France, was the target of an IED. [improvised explosive device] The attack took place this morning, injuring several people, ”the French foreign ministry said.
“France strongly condemns this cowardly and unjust attack.”
There was no immediate comment from the Saudi authorities.
According to an AFP photographer at the scene, the roads leading to the cemetery in central Jeddah were blocked by Saudi traffic police.
Last month, a Saudi citizen with a knife wounded a guard at the French consulate in Jeddah the same day, with a knife attacker killing three people at a church in Nice, southern France. .
The French Embassy in Riyadh has urged its citizens in Saudi Arabia to be “extremely vigilant”.
Wednesday’s explosion came in the form of Macron, a World War I commemorative ceremony in Paris targeting most people in the Muslim world to promise to confront Islamic fundamentalism under the guise of attacks.
Many countries are celebrating the 102nd anniversary of the army signed by Germany and the Allies to end the war.
Macron vigorously defended the right to publish cartoons seen in an offensive form by some, including the cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad, printed by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
The same cartoons were shown to students in a free speech class by French history teacher Samuel Patty, which led parents to an angry online campaign outside Paris on October 16. against their choice of course material.
Macron’s position angered many Muslims, sparking protests in several countries in which photos of the French president were burned, and a campaign to boycott French products.
Saudi Arabia’s regional heavyweight – home to Islam’s holiest sites – criticized the cartoons, saying he “rejects any attempt to link Islam and terrorism” but has stopped condemning the French leaders.
Riyadh also strongly condemned last month’s attack in Nice.
After four people were killed in a shooting in the heart of Vienna last week, Macron hosted a summit of European leaders on Tuesday to prepare for a joint conflict with the European Union.
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