‘He doesn’t represent us’: Saudis tweet in solidarity with Americans over Florida Navy base shooting

Saudis posted saying the attacker in no way represented the Saudi people. (File image)
Updated 07 December 2019

‘He doesn’t represent us’: Saudis tweet in solidarity with Americans over Florida Navy base shooting

  • Three people were killed and several injured in the attack at the Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida
  • Saudis tweet concerns using the Arabic hashtag which translates as: #Florida_Criminal_Does_not_represent_us

JEDDAH: Saudis took to social media to offer heartfelt condolences in solidarity with Americans after a Saudi student opened fire at a US Navy base in Florida on Friday. 

Three people were killed and several injured in the attack at the Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida. The gunman was shot and killed.

Under several hashtags, most prominently an Arabic one which translates to #Florida_Criminal_Does_not_represent_us, Saudis expressed deep sympathy with those affected.

Abdullah Al-Najdi said on Twitter: “He does not represent Saudi Arabia and only represents his devious ideology. Criminals exist in every religion and every country. He is responsible for his own action.”

Another Twitter user said: “Saudi people are against terrorism and terrorists. We are with tolerance and peace.”

Hamad Al-Mansour said: “No doubt that this is a criminal act that does not represent us. We reject any act of aggression anywhere and any place. King Salman said it that this shooter does not represent us. My condolences to the American people.”

@Samahafam said: “Saudis are denouncing the heinous barbaric act of the Florida attack. ‘Florida’s criminal does not represent us’ is trending in Saudi Arabia. Our condolences to our American friends. 

@lionnsser said the attacker was a criminal who did not represent Islam.

“Saudi Arabia is always working on spreading peace, tolerance and coexistence between people.” 

Another Twitter user described the attack as a “heinous crime.”

“We regret every incident in which innocent lives have been killed. Everyone should know that this event has nothing to do with religion or the homeland, our condolences to the families of the dead,” the user said.

@nai901 said: “Saudi Arabia foiled many terrorist attempts around the world. Saudi scholarship students saved many people and placed their lives in danger, some of them died doing it. This is an isolated incident that is condemned by Saudi people and government.” 

@MosaedJaser also said the attacker “does not represent our religion that prohibits the murder of innocent people.”

“He does not represent our government and leaders,” he added. “Saudi Arabia was in the lead front in fighting extremism. He does not represent us.” 

Mishap Al-Dafiri said: “Our government stands firm against extremism and supports peace and security around the world. He does not represent us and our religion.”


KSRelief launches prosthetics' center in Taiz

Updated 23 January 2020

KSRelief launches prosthetics' center in Taiz

TAIZ: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) on Wednesday launched an artificial limb center in Taiz, Yemen, providing high-quality prosthetics for up to 600 patients.

Abdulqawi Al-Mikhlafi, who is the deputy governor of Taiz, expressed his appreciation for the Kingdom’s generous support to Yemen across all sectors over the past few years, particularly in the areas of health, the environment and development.

Al-Mikhlafi said such efforts helped local authorities to deal with the many challenges they faced in providing comprehensive services to needy Yemenis.

He added that the Kingdom’s support reflected the deep historical and cultural ties between the people of Yemen and Saudi Arabia, and he praised the Kingdom for standing by the country and its government for more than 50 years.

Dr. Elan Abdul Haq, deputy governor of Taiz for health affairs, thanked KSRelief for its continued support for Taiz and Yemen, assistance he said had alleviated the suffering of millions of Yemenis during the ongoing conflict.

The head of the Artificial Limbs Center, Mansour Al-Wazei, announced that the center would begin receiving patients soon, providing vital aid to amputees for whom prosthetics meant regaining the ability to live full and productive lives.