A Saudi man was arrested after stabbing a security guard at the French consulate in Jeddah, a city in western Saudi Arabia, official Saudi media and the French embassy said on Thursday. “The attacker was apprehended by Saudi security forces immediately after the attack. The security guard has been transferred to the hospital and his life is not in danger. (…) We call on our compatriots in Saudi Arabia to exercise maximum vigilance, ”the French embassy wrote in a statement.
Police in Mecca province, where Jeddah is located, said the assailant was a Saudi, but did not specify the nationality of the guard, who was slightly injured. The French Embassy in Riyadh strongly condemned this attack. Neither the embassy nor the Saudi authorities gave details of the reason for the attack.
The attack comes amid anger in the Middle East against French President Emmanuel Macron, who has pledged that France will not renounce cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, prompting calls to boycott French products in Arab countries. Muslims around the world celebrate the birth of the Prophet Muhammad on Thursday.