Singapore strongly condemns deadly Egypt mosque attack

Singapore strongly condemns deadly Egypt mosque attack

Egypt mosque attack Nov 25
Egyptians gather around ambulances following a gun and bombing attack on the Rawda mosque near the North Sinai provincial capital of El-Arish on Nov 24, 2017. (Photo: AFP)

SINGAPORE: Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan on Saturday (Nov 25) condemned the bombing at a mosque in Egypt’s Sinai which left at least 300 people dead.

A bomb explosion ripped through the Al Rawada mosque in North Sinai before gunmen opened fire on those gathered for weekly Friday prayers. The state prosecutor's office said in a statement that 305 people were killed and 128 wounded in the assault.

“We strongly condemn this odious and wanton act, which has taken so many innocent lives and injured countless others, and which violated the sanctity of a place of worship,” said Mr Balakrishnan in a Facebook post.

“While there are no reports of Singaporean casualties, Singaporeans in Egypt should continue to keep in touch with their family and friends, monitor the news, and heed the advice of the local authorities.”

In a statement, Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said Singapore stands together with the Egyptian government and people against the scourge of terrorism in this time of mourning.

“Those responsible for this odious act must be brought to justice,” MFA said.

“We express our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wish the injured a swift recovery.”

The MFA added that the Singapore Embassy in Cairo has been in contact with Egyptian authorities, adding that there are currently no e-registered Singaporeans in Bir Al-Abed, the town in which the attack took place. 

President Halimah Yacob has written to Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi to convey her condolences on behalf of Singaporeans.

She said in a Facebook post on Monday that she was "deeply saddened" by the attack which led to the loss of "many innocent lives and the injuries of countless others".

"Our thoughts are with the victims and their families as well as all Egyptians in this time of national mourning," she wrote.

Mdm Halimah also posted a photo of the letter of condolence dated Nov 25. In the letter, she expressed "heartfelt condolences" on behalf of the people of Singapore and wished those injured a speedy recovery.

"Singapore unequivocally condemns this heinous attack," she wrote in her letter. "We reaffirm our solidarity with Egypt and your people in this fight against the scourge of terrorism."

"I am confident that under your leadership, Egyptians will stand resolutely together to face this threat with strength and fortitude."

Those who require urgent consular assistance may contact the Singapore Embassy in Cairo or the 24-hour MFA Duty Office at:

Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Cairo
Tel: +20 2 3749 0468 / +20 2 3749 5045
Duty Hand-Phone: +20 109 8064 130

MFA Duty Office (24-hour)
Tel: +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855

Source: CNA/rw/nc