CAIRO, 28th December, 2015 (WAM) — Al Azhar on Sunday strongly condemned an attack on a Muslim prayer hall in Corsica. Demonstrators ransacked a Muslim prayer hall and attempted to burn copies of the Holy Quran on the French island in the Mediterranean, following a night of violence that left two firefighters injured.

Al-Azhar condemned the violence in all its forms and manifestations in a statement on Sunday, and expressed regret for the chanting of racist slogans against Arabs and Muslims from those who claim concern for rights and freedoms and then surprise us by confiscating those rights from innocent citizens, fueling emotions and providing pretexts for the extremists.

The statement called on the French government to take further measures to protect Islamic and non-Islamic houses of worship from such attacks, asking for further action and measures to protect places of worship from attacks.