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Egypt's FM spokesman 'hugely shocked and raged' by Guardian article on North Sinai terror attack

The article, by columnist Simon Tisdall, raised doubts about the efficacy of Egypt's response to Friday's terrorist attack

Ahram Online , Sunday 26 Nov 2017
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Egypt's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Sameh Abu Zeid
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Egypt's foreign ministry spokesman, Ahmed Abu-Zeid, said in a tweet Sunday he was "hugely shocked and raged" by an article in The Guardian on North Sinai's Bir El-Abd Mosque terror attack that claimed the lives of more than 300 worshippers Friday, adding that the article justifies terrorism. 
 
The article, by assistant editor of the British daily newspaper and foreign affairs columnist Simon Tisdall, entitled "The 'iron fist' response to terror attacks in Egypt never works," was published Sunday. 
 
Tisdall claimed that the Egyptian military spokesman's account of the success of air raids to eliminate the perpetrators of the Friday attack was not convincing, and probably killed more "innocent people."
 
He also charged that the targeted sites may have been randomly selected, without providing evidence. 
 
"The article represents a clear violation of the United Nations Resolution 2354, which prohibits the incitement of terrorist acts and repudiating attempts at the justification or glorification of terrorist acts," Abu Zeid said.
 
Tisdall described the Egyptian government response to the attack as an act of revenge, criticising Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's pledge to avenge the victims and to restore security and stability with brute force. 
 
"The article represented a blatant example of double standards," the foreign ministry spokesman said.
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