Sheikh Mohammed condemns New Zealand terror attack

"We witnessed the most heinous crime of religious hatred," Sheikh Mohammed tweeted.

Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, condemned the mass shooting during the Friday prayer at two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand, which left 40 people at least dead and scores other seriously injured.

"On a peaceful Friday, and in a mosque, a typical peaceful place of worship, we saw the most heinous of religious hate crimes where 49 worshippers were killed. Our condolences to New Zealand, and to the families of the victims, and to all Muslims in my name and on behalf of my country that is dedicating a full year for promoting tolerance in the world. We express our deepest sorrow and call upon the entire world to thoughtfully consider inculcating interfaith tolerance," Sheikh Mohammed said in his official Twitter account.


Meanwhile, Anwar Gargash, the UAE's minister of state for foreign affairs, tweeted "heartfelt condolences" to New Zealand.

Gargash wrote: "Our collective work against violence & hate must continue with renewed vigor. Our thoughts & prayers are with the families of the victims."

Meanwhile, the UAE ambassador to New Zealand affirmed the safety of all Emirati students in New Zealand following the attack.

Ahmed Salim Al Suwaidi said the UAE mission has communicated with Emirati students in the country to make sure of their safety and urge them to exercise maximum caution during such exceptional circumstances.

The embassy has allocated the following phone number: 006448302949, for emergency calls in addition to the following local emergency contact: 111.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman all offered their sympathies Friday over the attack.

Saudi Arabia said one of its citizens was lightly wounded in the attack, but survived.

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