Multiple countries have condemned the recent terrorist attack on the island of Djerba in Tunisia. The Turkish Embassy in Tunisia issued a statement expressing its rejection of all forms of terrorism and offering condolences to the families of the victims and wishing a speedy recovery to the injured. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs also strongly condemned the attack, describing it as an outrageous act that is reminiscent of the 2002 suicide attack in the same synagogue that killed 21 people. The US State Department expressed condolences to the Tunisian people and praised the swift actions of the Tunisian security forces. The German Embassy in Tunisia condemned the attack in the strongest possible way, stating that it caused them deep sadness.
Within Tunisia, the People’s Movement and the Ennahda Movement both condemned the attack and called for investigations to reveal the circumstances of this heinous crime. The Tunisian Foreign Ministry also issued a statement emphasizing the country’s unity and determination to continue resisting such attacks while highlighting the ongoing investigation to identify those responsible.
Djerba Island has a long history of being home to various civilizations, including Greeks, Romans, and Muslims. The island is known for its 366 mosques and masjids, as well as Africa’s oldest synagogue. The island has been the target of previous terrorist attacks, including the 2002 suicide attack on the same synagogue that killed 21 people, mostly German tourists. The recent attack on the Garibe Synagogue resulted in the deaths of four people and injured eight others, including police officers. The attacker, a security guard, was killed during a shootout with the police.
The attack has been widely condemned by various countries and organizations for its senseless and cowardly nature. The country has been called on to unite in the face of such attacks, avoid rumors and false news, and continue working towards identifying and preventing future threats.