No Kuwaitis among Paris at­tacks’ vic­tims: En­voy

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PARIS: Kuwait’s Am­bas­sador to France Sami Al-Su­laiman has con­firmed that no Kuwaiti cit­i­zens were among vic­tims of Fri­day’s at­tacks in Paris, which left 129 peo­ple killed and 352 oth­ers in­jured. “The French au­thor­i­ties have con­firmed no Kuwaiti cit­i­zens among the vic­tims of the Paris at­tacks,” Su­laiman said in a state­ment to KUNA Satur­day night.

He said the “Em­bassy and the French health au­thor­i­ties were ver­i­fy­ing if there are Kuwaiti cit­i­zens among the in­jured be­cause of the large num­ber of the wounded who were ad­mit­ted in many hos­pi­tals.” Su­laiman com­mended the co­op­er­a­tion shown by the French au­thor­i­ties with the em­bassy.

Mean­while, the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion (OIC) on Satur­day con­demned in the strong­est terms the mul­ti­ple shoot­ing and bomb at­tacks that hit Paris last night and left hun­dreds of ca­su­al­ties. In a state­ment, OIC Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Iyad Ameen Madani con­veyed his sin­cere con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims as well as to the Gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of France and wished for speedy re­cov­ery of the wounded. He also reaf­firmed the OIC’s un­wa­ver­ing sol­i­dar­ity and sup­port to France at th­ese crit­i­cal and painful cir­cum­stances.

The Sec­re­tary Gen­eral ex­pressed his firm re­jec­tion of any ter­ror­ist act that vi­o­lates the right to life and try to un­der­mine univer­sal hu­man val­ues in­clud­ing the val­ues of free­dom and equal­ity that France has con­sis­tently pro­moted. He re­it­er­ated the OIC’s prin­ci­pled and con­sis­tent po­si­tion in con­demn­ing ter­ror­ism in all its forms and man­i­fes­ta­tions.

Joint ac­tion

In the mean­time, Madani called upon all gov­ern­ments across the world, in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions and civil so­ci­ety in­sti­tu­tions in all coun­tries to close ranks and en­gage in a con­certed joint ac­tion to com­bat the scourge of ter­ror­ism which has be­come the arch enemy of hu­man­ity at large.

In Ra­bat, the supreme sci­en­tific coun­cil of Morocco said the Paris at­tacks were acts of ter­ror­ism and ag­gres­sion against in­no­cent life which con­sti­tute definitely taboos in Is­lam. The syn­chro­nized at­tacks can by no means be jus­ti­fied as any kind of ‘ji­had’ (Is­lamic holy war), the coun­cil said in a ‘fatwa’ (re­li­gious opin­ion), ex­plain­ing the cor­rect forms of ji­had spec­i­fied by Mus­lim schol­ars and ju­rispru­dents. The coun­cil, the high­est re­li­gious ad­vice giv­ing body in the king­dom of Morocco, is­sued this fatwa in re­sponse to con­tro­versy over the at­tacks and the at­tempts of some peo­ple to link the at­tacks to ji­had.

In Paris, the French Coun­cil of the Mus­lim Faith (CFCM) de­nounced as “out­ra­geous and heinous” the at­tacks re­port­edly car­ried out by the Is­lamic State (IS). The coun­cil called on the whole na­tion to stand united and demon­strate sol­i­dar­ity in the face of the cur­rent chal­lenge, and asked the French Mus­lims to pray for the coun­try to over­come the cur­rent catas­tro­phe.

In­hu­man

Mean­while, the Dutch Mus­lim or­ga­ni­za­tions con­demned the terror at­tacks in Paris as “bar­baric, cow­ardly and in­hu­man,” Dutch me­dia re­ported. A state­ment is­sued by the um­brella group CMO (Con­tact Body for Mus­lims) said The Dutch Mus­lim com­mu­nity is grief-stricken and feels deeply for all the vic­tims and the peo­ple of France.

The Dutch Moroc­can Mosque As­so­ci­a­tion said it was deeply shocked by the at­tacks. “Is­lam teaches us that those who kill a man, have killed all mankind, “it said in a state­ment. “We will con­tinue to work with all Euro­peans who sup­port democ­racy and the rule of law to com­bat violence and ha­tred, no mat­ter who the mes­sen­ger is,” it added. An es­ti­mated one mil­lion Mus­lims, mainly from Morocco and Tur­key, live in the Nether­lands which has a pop­u­la­tion of 17 mil­lion. —KUNA

— Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

KUWAIT: A Kuwaiti man reads yes­ter­day’s is­sue of Kuwait Times, which bears a head­line of the deadly Paris at­tack that left more than 120 peo­ple dead, at his of­fice in Kuwait City.

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