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UAE Condemns Attack in Sadr City and Reaffirms Rejection of Violence and Terrorism

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Baghdad – «Golf», WAM:

The UAE strongly condemned the terrorist attack that targeted a busy market in Sadr City, east of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, which left people dead and injured. Yesterday, Tuesday, Baghdad awoke to the shock of the bloody attack launched by ISIS in a popular market on the eve of Eid al-Adha Calls to hold officials to account after revealing security loopholes, while Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi affirmed that retaliation will pursue terrorism in every hole and hideout, and terrorists will not be safe are on Iraqi soil, emphasizing that any commander or officer who proves that he has failed to fulfill his duty will be held accountable.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation confirmed that the UAE strongly condemns these criminal acts and its permanent rejection of all forms of violence and terrorism aimed at destabilizing security and stability and in violation of humanitarian values ​​and principles. The Ministry expressed its deepest condolences and condolences to the families of the victims of this heinous crime and wished all those injured a speedy recovery.

The bombing, which killed at least 36 people and injured 62, most of them women and children, caused a state of anger and grief among Iraqis, according to medical and security sources, and called for accountability, while raising questions about the assets. of the security forces to curb such attacks.

Yesterday morning, photos of the victims of the explosion, the majority of whom were young, were scattered on the walls of the streets of Sadr City, one of the poorest and busiest suburbs of the Iraqi capital and a stronghold of followers of the cleric Muqtada al- Sadr, who has great influence on the political scene in the country. The market was closed by security forces, while debris and blood trails still strewn around the scene of panic among residents Monday night, as evidenced by scenes from the explosion site.

After the explosion, parliament speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi tweeted “the need to hold those responsible accountable and make changes to some security leaders who have proven their negligence”. While authorities promised to investigate the circumstances of the attack, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi chaired a security meeting on Monday against the backdrop of the bombing, which, according to a statement, aimed to “take into account any commander or an official who is proven to have failed to fulfill his duties, interrogates him and refers him to the competent court.”

Iraqi MP Adnan Al-Zurfi attributed the bombing to “repeated security concerns” following similar bombings in recent months, the largest of which hit central Baghdad in January, killing 32 people. As with that attack, ISIS claimed responsibility for a bomb attack yesterday, Monday, carried out by one of its members, Abu Hamza al-Iraqi, as he said in a statement on the Telegram application, noting that the terrorist blew himself up with an explosive belt in the Al-Wahilat market.

In addition, Al-Kazemi confirmed Iraq’s commitment to supporting its reforms under the White Paper in a televised telephone conversation with European Council President Charles Michel yesterday, Tuesday. And a government statement stated that during a televised interview with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, Al-Kazemi confirmed: “Iraq adheres to the approach of the best strategic relations with European countries, develops the level of economic and trade cooperation with major European companies, taking advantage of the European experience of post-war progress and presenting it as a model for development.” As happened after World War II.

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