Palestinian groups Hamas, Islamic Jihad condemn Paris attacks

AFP , Saturday 14 Nov 2015

Two Palestinian Islamist groups on Saturday condemned the Paris attacks that killed at least 128 people, officials in both organisations said.

Senior figures in Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip but is considered by the US and EU to be a "terrorist" group, and Islamic Jihad criticised the killings that rocked the French capital late Friday.

Dr Bassem Naim, head of the Council of International Relations for Hamas, told AFP the group condemned "the acts of aggression and barbarity", while Islamic Jihad called it a crime against innocent people.

ISIS said it carried out the Paris attacks.

Naim, a former health minister in Gaza, said he condemned the "barbarity" of the attack in France and hoped for "stability and security" there.

He denied the attack had anything to do with Islam.

"Terrorism has no religion," he said.

Nafez Azzam, a member of Islamic Jihad's political bureau, told AFP: "We condemn this crime in Paris against innocent people, this message of hatred."

"Islam rejects indiscriminate killing," he added.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online.

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