Several people have been injured following what has been reported as a “grenade attack” at a Remembrance Day ceremony at a non-Muslim cemetery in the Saudi Arabian port city of Jeddah.
France’s Foreign Ministry described a “bomb attack” targeting World War I commemorations which were attended by European expats and diplomats, including French, British and Greek officials.
“The annual ceremony commemorating the end of World War I at the non-Muslim cemetery in Jeddah, attended by several consulates, including that of France, was the target of an IED attack this morning, which injured several people,” a ministry spokesperson said, adding that “France strongly condemns this cowardly, unjustifiable attack”
“There was some sort of a blast at the non-Muslim cemetery in Jeddah,” an official told Reuters. “There are four slightly injured, among them one Greek”
Images have since circulated on social media depicting the scene with blood splattered on the cemetery grounds.
#ArabieSaoudite Tentative d’attentat ce matin au cimetière des non-musulmans à #Jeddah. Lors de la cérémonie du #11Novembre. En présence du Consul Général de France, 🇮🇪, 🇬🇧…& expatriés français. Des blessés…
15j après attaque au couteau au Consulat, la France encore visée !? pic.twitter.com/whjBGlLdad
— Clarence Rodriguez (@Clarencewoman) November 11, 2020
The incident comes after a security guard was stabbed at the French consulate in the same city just 12 days ago amid a growing backlash against Islamophobic comments made by French President Emmanuel Macron which were sparked by the brutal murder of a French teacher who chose to show his class images of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in the name of freedom of speech.