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    Charlie Hebdo Caricature of Drowned Syrian Boy 'Offensive to All Muslims'

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    French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s caricatures of a three-year-old Syrian refugee who drowned while trying to Europe are offensive to all Muslims, an adviser on international affairs to the speaker of the Iranian parliament told Sputnik Persian on Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier this month, many European media outlets published the image of the child's body, found washed up on a beach in Bodrum, Turkey.

    Aylan Kurdi had been traveling with his family and other Syrians aboard a vessel that capsized on its way to Greece. Many politicians pledged to take in more Syrian refugees after the public outcry that followed the publication.

    One of the cartoons in the latest edition of the magazine showed Aylan Kurdi lying face down in the sand on a Turkish beach under the caption "So Close to Goal."

    "This publication, first of all, offends not only our feelings, but the feelings of all Muslims. This is a blow to the senses of our fraternal peoples – Iranians, Syrians, Kurds," Hossein Sheikholeslam said.

    According to Sheikholeslam, the West is trying to ridicule the culture and national values of other peoples.

    "We cannot lead a peaceful dialogue given this position of the West, when we have always called and are calling for a dialogue of cultures and civilizations, not war," Sheikholeslam added.

    Charlie Hebdo is known for publishing controversial caricatures. In January, the Paris office of the magazine was attacked by Islamist gunmen who killed 12 people and wounded 11 after the magazine published caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

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