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King pledges full support for Egypt as terror hits anew

Jordan renews call for intensified global anti-terror efforts

By JT - Oct 21,2017 - Last updated at Oct 21,2017

Egyptians carry the coffin of Police Cpt. Ahmed Fayez during his funeral outside a mosque in the capital Cairo’s western suburb of Sixth of October, on Saturday. Fayez died the previous night during an attack that left him and dozens of other policemen killed in an ambush by terrorists (AFP photo)

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Saturday sent a cable of condolences to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi over the loss of lives in Friday’s clashes between Egyptian security forces and armed terrorists in Giza’s Wahat area, which also led to several injuries.

At least 16 Egyptian policemen were killed in a shootout with terrorists on the road between Cairo and the Bahariya oasis in the country’s Western Desert, according to an official toll released Saturday.

His Majesty expressed his condemnation of the heinous terrorist act by criminal groups, stressing Jordan’s full solidarity with Egypt and Amman’s support for Cairo in facing terrorism, according to a Royal Court statement.

King Abdullah also expressed his condolences to Sisi and the victims’ families, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.

Also on Saturday, the Royal Court announced it would fly the Jordanian flag at its main entrance at half-mast from early morning until 6pm in tribute to the victims of the clashes in Egypt.

The government on Saturday strongly denounced the terrorist attack.

Minister of State for Media Affairs Mohammad Momani expressed the Kingdom’s support to Egypt in its efforts against terrorism and its criminal groups that target the security and stability of the Arab country, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Momani, who is also the government spokesperson, highlighted the importance of joining regional and international efforts in the war against terrorism, “dark ideologies” and the criminal mindset of terrorists, especially after achieving many victories in the war against Daesh and similar terrorist organisations.

He also conveyed the government’s condolences to the victims’ families, and wished the injured a speedy recovery. 

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