DAMASCUS, SYRIA (09:10 PM) – Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan, the chief of security in the Emirati city-state of Dubai has called for the bombinb of the headquarters of internationally renowned news agency Al Jazeera.
The security chief made the call on Twitter, in a statement in which he also blamed the Qatar-based Arab news broadcaster for the terrorist bomb attack on a mosque in the Egyptian Sinai region that claimed over 300 lives.
“The alliance must bomb the machine of terrorism … the channel of ISIL, al-Qaeda and the al-Nusra front, Al Jazeera the terrorists,” Khalfan said.
The terrorist attack on a Sufi mosque in Sinai was carried out by nearly two dozen masked assailants on Friday, who used explosives and machine guns against worshippers during Friday prayers. While no official responsibility has been claimed for the attack, witnesses state that the attackers carried an ISIS flag with them.
The United Arab Emirates is one of the four nations that have imposed a diplomatic and economic blockade against Qatar, and have issued a list of demands that included the shutdown of Al Jazeera news agency as an ultimatum to the Gulf state.
Al Jazeera itself has already responded to the remarks by the Dubai official, writing: “What Dhahi Khalfan is doing is [an] incitement to terrorism. Terrorism is not just limited to committing a crime, but any act or statement that paves the way for a terrorist act or incites it, and incitement to terrorism is terrorism itself.”
Dhahi Khalfan is known for his controversial statements in the past, which included openly supporting the Muslim immigration ban proposed by US president Donald Trump, and calling for an alliance of Sunni powers and Israel to “rein in” the Islamic Republic of Iran.