UNSC strongly condemns terrorist attack in Egypt

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Sat, 21 Oct 2017 - 11:54 GMT

Wide view of the United Nations Security Council - UN Photo

Wide view of the United Nations Security Council - UN Photo

CAIRO – 22 October 2017: The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) condemned the terrorist attack that took place Friday in Egypt's Western Desert, according to a press statement issued on Saturday. The UNSC also expressed its deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the government of Egypt, and they wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured.

Furthermore, the UNSC members underlined the need to bring the perpetrators and sponsors of such reprehensible acts to justice. “Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security,” reaffirmed the UNSC members.

“Any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” they reiterated.

The UNSC members also underlined the need for all UN member states to combat by all means any threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts in accordance with the UN Charter, the international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law.

According to the Ministry of Interior, 17 security officers were killed during clashes with militants in the Western Desert early Saturday. The ministry also reported the killing of 15 militants. Security forces controlled the areas and are continuing the search for fleeing attackers. The ministry urged media outlets to validate information before sharing it to the public to avoid unwanted repercussions.

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