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Pakistan condemns terrorist attack on UAE and Bahraini soldiers in Somalia

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan vehemently denounced the appalling terrorist attack targeting UAE military trainers and Somalian soldiers in a military base in Mogadishu.

In a statement released by the Foreign Office, Pakistan expressed its heartfelt condolences to the UAE and Bahrain governments, as well as the families of the victims, and extended prayers for the swift recovery of all those injured.

The Foreign Office reiterated Pakistan’s firm stance against terrorism in all its guises and pledged unwavering solidarity with the Government of Somalia in its fight against terrorism.

The attack in Somalia resulted in the tragic loss of three members of the UAE Armed Forces and one Bahraini officer, emphasizing the gravity of the situation.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has issued a warning about the “extremely dangerous repercussions” of an Israeli offensive in the southern city of Rafah in the Gaza Strip. The Saudi foreign ministry stated that Rafah serves as the last refuge for hundreds of thousands of civilians displaced by the Israeli aggression.

The Kingdom strongly condemned the forced displacement of Palestinians, emphasizing the urgent need for an immediate ceasefire.

Saudi Arabia called attention to the deliberate violations of international and humanitarian laws, urging the United Nations Security Council to convene promptly to prevent Israel from causing an imminent humanitarian disaster.

With approximately half of Gaza’s 2.4 million people seeking shelter in Rafah, concerns have risen regarding the lack of food, water, and sanitation, prompting Saudi Arabia to underscore the severity of the situation.

Reports indicate that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has instructed military officials to devise plans for the evacuation of Rafah and the targeting of Hamas fighters in the city. Witness accounts of new strikes on Rafah on Saturday have heightened fears of a potential ground invasion.

In response, Hamas issued a statement warning of catastrophic repercussions and the possibility of tens of thousands of casualties if Rafah is invaded.

Meanwhile, Iran strongly condemned the U.S. administration’s assassination of senior Iraqi commander Abu Baqir al-Saadi and other resistance fighters, labeling it a “terrorist act” committed by the U.S. inside Iraq.

The drone strike in Baghdad, acknowledged by the U.S. military, resulted in the death of three individuals, including the senior commander of Iraq’s Kata’ib Hezbollah resistance group.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani characterized the assassination as a “clear example of American state terrorism,” emphasizing that it violates Iraq’s national sovereignty, territorial integrity, and international law.

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