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WORLD CONDEMNS THE ATTACK ON RIYADH

The international community condemned the attack on an oil refinery in the Saudi capital Riyadh. The attack, which took place at 6am local time on Friday resulted in a fire that was brought under control.

Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajjraf, Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) affirmed that GCC countries stand with the Kingdom and support all necessary measures taken by Saudi Arabia to protect its national capabilities and achievements.

The attack, in which supplies of petroleum and petroleum products were not affected was also called out by the Arab League. The League stressed the need for the international community to exert greater pressure on the Houthis and those behind them.

In addition, France’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ludovic Pouille, along with Jordan’s foreign ministry condemned and called it “repeated acts of terror”.

Saudi Arabia’s bordering neighbor, UAE considered it a “cowardly attack”. In the statement by UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, it said, “The continuation of terrorist attacks like these by the Houthi militia reflects its blatant defiance of the international community and disregard for all international laws.”

Bahrain, Kuwait, Yemen and Egypt soon followed and all the countries’ foreign ministries released statements saying that it was a violation of international humanitarian law.

While the US called it as an attempt to “disrupt global energy supplies”, Kuwait expressed its solidarity and support for steps that Saudi Arabia takes to ensure its safety and sovereignty.

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