Egypt condemns IS bombings in Yemen, Charleston shooting in the US

Ahram Online , Friday 19 Jun 2015

Five simultaneous blasts in Sanaa on Wednesday targeted Shia mosques; a lone shooter killed 9 worshippers at a church in the US on the same day

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Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman Badr Abdel-Atti (Photo: Ahram)

Egypt condemns a series of deadly bombings at Shia mosques in Yemen as well as a deadly shooting at a church in the US, the ministry of foreign affairs said on Friday.

Militants from the Islamic State claimed responsibility for five simultaneous blasts at Shia mosques and a house in the Yemeni capital Sanaa which killed at least 31 people and injured dozens more.

In a short statement, ministry spokesman Badr Abdel-Atti said that Egypt maintains its [principled] stance of rejecting sectarianism and continues to support the legitimacy of President El-Hady Mansour's administration. 

Since March, a Saudi-led military campaign has been targeting Shia Houthi rebels and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, after Houthis overran parts of the country, prompting Mansour to flee.

Fierce battles between the Saudi-led coalition and the shia rebels have rocked the country for weeks leaving hundreds dead and thousands injured.

Egypt is a member of the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen, contributing naval and air force units.

On Thursday Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Yemeni vice-president Khaled Bahah in Cairo to discuss the latest developments in the Yemen crisis, as well the Red Sea security. 

Abdel-Atti added in his statement that Egypt also condemns the shooting at a historic African-American church in the city of Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday which killed nine worshippers. The shooter, Dylann Roof, who was apprehended on Thursday. was charged on 9 murder counts on Friday.

"Egypt presents its deepest condolences to the families [of the shooting] victims," Abdel-Atti said.

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