Middle East Observer – There were wide Arabic and Islamic for Istanbul terror attack after at least 41 people were killed and more than 230 others injured in a terror attack on the Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul
Six Saudi citizens were among the 41 people killed in the attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, while other 27 were injured.
Al-Ekhbariya news channel was quoting its correspondent in Turkey on Wednesday, hours after reporting that at least seven Saudi nationals had been wounded in the attack.
The kingdom, which has close ties with Turkey’s government and is also a strong backer of Sunni rebels trying to oust Syria’s President Bashar Assad, says it “condemns and rejects the terrorist attack”, which has been blamed on the Islamic State group.
Muslim-majority Turkey is a popular tourist destination for Arabs from the Gulf, particularly during the summer. Tuesday’s attack also comes a week before the Eid holiday, which marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
Qatar has “strongly condemned” the attacks on Istanbul Ataturk International Airport last night that so far have killed at least 36 people and injured 147, describing them as “cowardly criminal attacks which run counter to all the moral values and human principles”.
Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement yesterday denouncing the attacks:
“While condemning the cowardly criminal attacks which run counter to all the moral values and human principles as well as the teachings of the revealed religions and which target innocent civilians, the Foreign Ministry, in a statement today, expressed solidarity of the State of Qatar with the brotherly Republic of Turkey and support to all measures it takes to maintain its security and stability,” QNA reported.
The UAE on Wednesday condemned Tuesday’s terror attacks, with Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, expressing his condolences. Sheikh Abdullah said the UAE supported Turkey in its fight against terrorism.
The Palestinian ambassador to Turkey says a Palestinian woman was killed in the blasts at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport and six Palestinians were injured, including a 17-year-old girl from the Gaza Strip who suffered critical injuries.
Ambassador Faed Mustafa confirmed the death and injuries to Palestinian media Wednesday.
Nisreen Melhem, 28, from the West Bank town of Arraba, was killed and her 34-year-old husband and 3-year-old daughter were injured, according to Moath Hamed, a Palestinian journalism student visiting the family in the hospital.
The Palestinians were living and working in Saudi Arabia and had landed in Istanbul for vacation.
Arab League condemned, on Wednesday, the attack on Atatruk Airport in Istanbul, which left dozens dead and wounded.<br>Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby said in a statement that ” regional and international efforts should come together to combat all manifestations of terror.”
He expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and wished speedy recovery to the wounded.
Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry has condemned the attacks on Ataturk airport in Istanbul that killed 41 people.
In a statement released to media Wednesday, the ministry says “we offer our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the bereaved families and to the brotherly people and government of Turkey” and that Pakistan reiterates its condemnation of terrorism “in all forms and manifestations”.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says he is deeply saddened by the terrorist attack the previous night at the Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul.
In a statement released Wednesday, Ghani says that “the people of Afghanistan feel the pain and suffering of the people of Turkey more than others, as we have been the victim of terrorism for years.”
Ghani added that he considers terrorism a great threat for the security of the region and the world, and reiterated that joint action by all countries is needed.
The Muslim Brotherhood strongly condemns the vicious attacks at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, during the holy month of Ramadan, in which Muslims endeavor to do good, while evil-doers endeavor to spill the blood of the innocent in Turkey.