Two injured in attack on non-Muslim cemetery in Jeddah: Authorities


November 12, 2020


An aerial picture shows deserted streets in the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah. (AFP)


By Tamara Abueish | Al Arabiya English


An employee of the Greek embassy and a Saudi Arabian security guard were slightly injured during an attack on a non-Muslim cemetery in Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah, according to authorities from the Mecca Governorate.

The Khawajaat Cemetery has been secured and the situation is currently stable, an Al Arabiya correspondent said.

The incident occured earlier on Wednesday when several members from different foreign embassies were attending an event at the cemetery, the authorities said without providing more details.

In a joint statement, the embassies of France, Greece, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States said that they support Saudi Arabian authorities in their investigation into the attack and its perpetrators.

The embassies also thank the Saudi Arabian first responders who helped everyone who was at the site of the attack, the statement added.

A picture shows the outside of a non-Muslim cemetery in the Saudi city of Jeddah. (AFP)


Al-Ekhbariya TV also showed footage of security cordons around the cemetery.

People of different nationalities, including British and Portuguese soldiers, have been buried in the Khawajaat Cemetery, according to Al Arabiya.

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