Coptic Christian Churches’ Attack in Egypt

Egypt Cabinet OKs state of emergency after Palm Sunday church bombings

In the News: After dozens were killed in ISIS attacks at two Coptic Christian churches on Palm Sunday, Egypt’s Cabinet announced a three-month state of emergency designed to help authorities eliminate the terror network. Recently, Coptic churches and homes have been set on fire and members of the religious minority have been physically attacked and their property looted. Coptic Christians make up 10% of Egypt’s population and base their theology on the teaching of the apostle Mark, who brought Christianity to Egypt.

The Sunday strikes, which targeted Egypt’s persecuted and vulnerable Christian minority on the first day of the faith’s Holy Week leading up to Easter, left at least 45 dead, Egypt’s health ministry said Monday.
At least 28 people died in a bomb blast inside a church in the northern city of Tanta, according to the ministry. In Alexandria, 17 people — including civilians and police officers — were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Coptic church, the ministry said. At least 125 people were injured in the attacks.

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