Iran, Turkey denounce North Sinai attacks; Qatar, Hamas remain silent
Iran's foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham - AFP

Incidents like the North Sinai attacks aim to “preoccupy Islamic countries with marginal issues deterring them from the priority of supporting the Palestinian people and Jerusalem,” Iranian news websites reported spokesperson of the Iranian Foreign Ministry Marzieh Afkham as saying Friday.

At least 29 soldiers and civilians were killed Thursday evening in a series of attacks claimed by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis.

Turkey denounced the attack and expressed its condolences to the families of the victims, according to a Friday statement by its embassy in Cairo.

Cairo and Ankaqa have had strained relations since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, with Turkey hosting dozens of Muslim Brotherhood members and conferences.

The Palestinian Authority has slammed the attacks, but Hamas and Qatar, both have had uneasy relations with Egypt since 2013, have not commented on the attacks thus far.

Morocco, Hungary, and several other countries announced they support Egypt in its “fight against terrorism.”

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