Saudi Arabia condemns caricatures disparaging Prophet Muhammad

Saudis and foreign residents circumambulate (Tawaf) the Kaaba in the Grand Mosque complex in the holy city of Mecca, on October 4, 2020, as authorities partially resume the year-round Umrah for a limited number of pilgrims amid extensive health precautions after a seven-month coronavirus hiatus. (AFP)
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Updated 27 October 2020

Saudi Arabia condemns caricatures disparaging Prophet Muhammad

  • The Kingdom condemned any terrorist act, regardless of its perpetrator, and called for intellectual and cultural freedom to promote respect, tolerance and peace

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia denounced the republication of offensive caricatures of Prophet Muhammad, state news agency SPA reported.
The Kingdom further condemned any terrorist act, regardless of its perpetrator, and called for intellectual and cultural freedom to promote respect, tolerance and peace.
French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to take the fight to Islamist radicals after the Oct. 16 beheading of a history teacher, who had shown cartoons of the Prophet to pupils in a class discussion on free speech.
But a backlash against his comments saw protests in Muslim-majority countries over the weekend, with people burning pictures of Macron in Syria and residents setting fire to French flags in the Libyan capital of Tripoli.


Saudi-backed health center opens in Gaza

Updated 28 November 2020

Saudi-backed health center opens in Gaza

  • Lazzarini said that the Kingdom is one of the most important donors to UNRWA, and over the past five years, it has funded the construction of seven health centers in Gaza

RAMALLAH: The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) inaugurated Al-Sabra Health Center in Gaza City, with funding from Saudi Arabia.
UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini said that UNRWA was able to build Al-Sabra Health Center with generous funding from the Kingdom through the Saudi Fund for Development as part of an agreement worth $31 million, which was signed in 2018.
Lazzarini said that the Kingdom is one of the most important donors to UNRWA, and over the past five years, it has funded the construction of seven health centers in Gaza.