RAMALLAH, February 14, 2015 (WAFA) – The Palestinian foreign ministry Saturday strongly condemned the ‘heinous’ Chapel Hill killing crime which took the lives of three Muslim-American students, including two Palestinian females, at the hands of ‘an extremist American’ in north Carolina.
New York times reported that, President Obama on Friday condemned the killing of three Muslim students in North Carolina as federal investigators said they had begun an inquiry into whether the fatal shooting here on Tuesday night was a hate crime.”
NY times reported that,” The three students — Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21; her husband, Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19 — were shot and killed on Tuesday at an apartment complex near the University of North Carolina [at the hands of a US gunman, identified as Craig Hicks, 46].”
The ministry expressed grave concern over this ”terrorism which targets civilians based on their religion, considering it a serious indicator to the growing of terrorism and religious extremism.
The ministry called upon all world countries to condemn this ‘heinous crime’, demanding the opening of a transparent and accurate investigation to clarify the circumstances behind their murder.
The ministry offered its condolences to the family members of the three victims, and to all victims of terrorism.
‘No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship,’ said the president in a written statement published throughout media outlets.
“Obama also confirmed the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] has opened in inquiry into the killings to determine whether federal laws were violated.”