Egypt condemns attack near U.S. consulate in Jeddah  

Monday 04-07-2016 08:20 PM

The building of Egypt's Foreign Ministry. ASWATMASRIYA/ Ahmed Hamed

CAIRO, Jul 4 (Aswat Masriya) - Egypt’s foreign ministry condemned on Monday an attack that took place in the vicinity of the U.S. consulate in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, resulting in the injury of two Saudi security personnel.

A suspected suicide bomber blew himself up in the parking space of Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital in the western Saudi city of Jeddah in the early hours of Monday. The hospital is located opposite to the U.S. consulate.

The attack coincides with U.S. Independence Day.

According to the Saudi Interior Ministry, Saudi security personnel became suspicious of a man who was walking about the parking lot. When security personnel approached him, the man set off what appeared to be an explosive belt. 

The explosion resulted in the death of the man and the injury of two security personnel.

After the explosion, the U.S embassy in Saudi Arabia issued a warning, urging U.S. citizens to “ remain aware of their surroundings, and take extra precautions when travelling throughout the country.”

It also advised U.S. citizens “to carefully consider the risks of traveling to Saudi Arabia and limit non-essential travel within the country. 

In a statement on Monday, Egypt expressed its support for the Saudi government and people and stressed on the importance of combatting terrorism.

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