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Fox News commentator apologises after claiming Birmingham is a 'totally Muslim city where non-Muslims don't go'

A Fox News commentator has apologised after claiming that Birmingham is "a totally Muslim city where non-Muslims simply don't go in".

Steve Emerson - who is described as "one of the leading authorities on Islamic extremist networks" on his website - made the comments while speaking about the recent Paris terror attacks.

He said: "And in Britain, it's not just no-go zones, there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don't go in.

"There are parts of London there are actually Muslim and religious police that actually beat and actually wound seriously anyone who doesn't dress according to traditional Muslim attire."

Steve Emerson made the comments while on Fox News. Credit: YouTube

Emerson has since apologised, saying he made a "terrible error" with his comments about the "beautiful city of Birmingham".

He also promised to make a donation to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Emerson told ITV News:

I have clearly made a terrible error for which I am deeply sorry.

My comments about Birmingham were totally in error.

And I am issuing an apology and correction on my website immediately for having made this comment about the beautiful city of Birmingham.

I do not intend to justify or mitigate my mistake by stating that I had relied on other sources because I should have been much more careful.

There was no excuse for making this mistake and I owe an apology to every resident of Birmingham.

I am not going to make any excuses. I made an inexcusable error. And I am obligated to openly acknowledge that mistake.

PS. I intend to make a donation to a Birmingham charity called the Birmingham Children’s Hospital

– Steve Emerson

A YouTube video of Emerson's remarks prompted a flurry of responses from bemused Twitter users.

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