Tunisia’s president says country ‘safe’ despite deadly synagogue shooting attack

Police secure an area near the Ghriba synagogue following a shooting on the resort island of Djerba, May 9, 2023. (YASSINE MAHJOUB / AFP)
Police secure an area near the Ghriba synagogue following a shooting on the resort island of Djerba, May 9, 2023. (YASSINE MAHJOUB / AFP)

Tunisian President Kais Saied denounces the “criminal and cowardly” attack at a synagogue last night, which killed two people, according to a video issued by his office.

“I want to reassure the Tunisian people and the whole world that Tunisia will remain safe despite this type of attempt intended to disturb its stability,” Saied says.

Saied says the attack aimed to “sow discord, sabotage the tourist season, and attack the state.”

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