Media Statement

12 December 2016

South African Government condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Yemen, Turkey and Somalia

President Jacob Zuma, has today, on behalf of the government and the people of South Africa, extended the country’s deepest condolences to the governments and people of Yemen, Turkey and Somalia following the terrorist attacks that occurred this weekend in Aden, Istanbul and Mogadishu, respectively, which resulted in the deaths and injuries of scores of people.

The President stressed that deliberate attacks against civilians are contraventions of well-established international human rights and humanitarian law and constitute crimes against humanity.

President Zuma said: "The South African Government condemns in the strongest terms the deadly terrorist attacks that took place in Yemen, Turkey and Somalia this weekend. Terrorism in any form and from whichever quarter cannot be condoned. We will continue to support regional and international efforts to address the scourge of terrorism in all its forms."

Enquiries: Clayson Monyela, spokesperson for DIRCO on 082 884 5974

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