Saudis in Australia denounce Sydney siege

Members of the Australian Muslim community place floral tributes amongst thousands of others near the Lindt cafe, where hostages were held for over 16-hours, in central Sydney Dec. 16, 2014. (Reuters)

Saudi students studying in Australia condemned a 16-hour siege at a Sydney cafe in which hostages were taken by an armed man.

Social media was abuzz with comments denouncing such acts of terror in the name of Islam.

“What’s happening in Australia has nothing to do with Islam. This is not the image of Islam that should be projected to the world,” tweeted Khalid Al-Awad.

“Australians are extremely nice, generous and welcoming. It’s sad that this is happening here,” said another tweet.

@Hamood Abu Talib wrote: “Muslims in Australia denounce taking people hostage.”

Khaled Al-Wabil had a piece of advice for Saudis: “Don’t joke on social media.

“Be careful of each word you write because you will be held accountable.”

Meanwhile, Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged Saudi citizens and students currently in Australia to be extremely careful and stay away from suspicious places because of the situation in Sydney.

This story was originally posted on the Saudi Gazette on Dec. 16, 2014.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:44 - GMT 06:44