‘World stands with Iraq in out­rage’

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - news@7days.ae

UN Sec­re­tary-General Ban Ki-moon last night moved to as­sure Iraq that the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity is by its side fol­low­ing the sui­cide at­tack on a football sta­dium. Dur­ing an of­fi­cial visit to Iraq, Ban of­fered con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies and friends of the 41 peo­ple killed when a sui­cide bomber struck in Iskan­deriyah, 50km from the cap­i­tal Bagh­dad. Ban said: “The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity stands with Iraqis in hor­ror and out­rage.” But the UN chief added that the bat­tle against ISIS - which claimed the lat­est at­tack in Iraq - must com­ply with in­ter­na­tional law.

Ban noted con­tin­ued re­ports of ar­bi­trary ar­rests and killings in ISIS-lib­er­ated ar­eas. Fri­day’s bomb­ing took place dur­ing a match in a small sta­dium in Iskan­deriyah. The new pres­i­dent of the world football fed­er­a­tion FIFA, Gianni In­fantino, also of­fered his con­do­lences. “Around the world, football unites peo­ple,” he said in a state­ment. “It is a very sad day, when peo­ple, go­ing to a match to­gether, be­come the vic­tims of such vi­o­lence.” ISIS has lost ground in re­cent months in Iraq and Syria, but has struck back in a se­ries of large at­tacks tar­get­ing civil­ians. In Syria yes­ter­day, gov­ern­ment forces seized three neigh­bour­hoods inside Palmyra that had fallen into the hands of the ex­trem­ist group.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UAE

© PressReader. All rights reserved.