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Arab world reacts to Paris attacks (graphic images)

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 01:34

(WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are among those in the Arab world condemning the deadly attacks in Paris. Gavino Garay reports.

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+++ CONTAINS GRAPHIC AMATEUR VIDEO +++ As the world reacts to images from an Islamic State attack at various locations across Paris that left nearly 130 killed, Arab leaders, too, are expressing their condemnation. In a rare public statement, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says what happened in France is no different than attacks in his own region. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic translation over muted English speech) (ARABIC TRANSLATION PROVIDED BY SYRIAN TV) SYRIAN PRESIDENT, BASHAR AL-ASSAD, SAYING: "We have suffered from this terrorism during the past five years in Syria. What happened in France yesterday cannot be separated from what happened in Beirut two days ago, because terrorism is the same. We should not look at terrorism saying that it happens in separate fields. Syria, Yemen, Libya and France are actually one field in the whole world." Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also joined the growing number of world leaders reacting to the attakcs with outrage. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT MAHMOUD ABBAS SAYING: "We offer our condolences to the French people in regards to the horrific events which were committed last night against the French people" France is part of a U.S.-led campaign of air strikes in Syria against Islamic State -- the very same militant group that claimed responsibility for Friday's rampage. Several European countries have reacted by tightening their border security in response to the assault by gunmen and bombers. And U.S. President Barack Obama is convening his National Security Council to discuss the attacks.

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Arab world reacts to Paris attacks (graphic images)

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 01:34