A Greek consulate employee and a Saudi safety guard have been wounded when an explosive gadget went off through the annual event at the town’s non-Muslim cemetery, in line with a report by the state information company SPA quoting Sultan al-Dossari, the spokesperson for the Mecca area.

“Safety forces attended to an incident of a cowardly assault whereas the French consul was attending an event in the province of Jeddah ensuing in the damage of a Greek consulate worker and a Saudi safety man, with two minor accidents,” the information company reported.

In line with a press release from the French Overseas Ministry, workers from a number of overseas consulates, together with the French one, attended the ceremony.

“The consul normal was making his speech, we heard this explosion and at the start we did not actually perceive what had occurred,” Nadia Chaaya, an adviser to French residents overseas who witnessed the assault, advised MeSlop affiliate BFMTV on Wednesday.

“We understood we have been the goal as a result of we noticed smoke. There was panic and we have been anxious there can be a second explosion so we ran out into the road,” Chaaya added.

The blast was the second assault involving the French diplomatic mission in Jeddah in simply two weeks. A Saudi man was arrested on October 29 after attacking a guard at the French consulate with a pointy instrument, Saudi state media mentioned.

The French Overseas Ministry mentioned the assault was “cowardly” and “unjustifiable” and referred to as on the Saudi authorities to analyze the incident and prosecute the perpetrators. Al-Dossari was quoted by SPA as saying the investigation has began.

Anger towards France and its President Emmanuel Macron has grown in elements of the Muslim world after he publicly defended cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, that are thought of blasphemous in Islam.
Macron’s remarks got here in the wake of the beheading of Samuel Paty, a college instructor who was killed by a Chechen teenager after he confirmed his pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed throughout a category on freedom of expression.

Macron mentioned that France wouldn’t “hand over” the caricatures and pledged to deal with excessive Islamism in the nation, sparking demonstrations and triggering boycotts in Muslim-majority international locations.

Saudi Arabia has condemned the publication of “offensive” cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed however has stopped in need of calling for motion towards France.