Friday, May 26, 2017

Egypt: 26 dead as gunmen fire on bus carrying Coptic Christians

It is very sad to have to report on the killing of twenty six Coptic Christians in Egypt. All these God-loving people did was get on a bus to travel to a monastery known as St. Samuel the Confessor, which is located to the northwest of the city of Minya, which holds importance as one of Egypt's more industrialized cities. The attackers are said to have been wearing battle uniforms and sitting in four wheel drive vehicles. It can be assumed that the fatigues were meant to convey a sort of message as to the identity of the group, as that is the only reason one would wear such an adaptable outfit and sit in plain sight in a car. According to state television, twenty five people have suffered injuries and women and children are among these numbers. The last report noted that there were fifty ambulances at the monastery. This comes at a time when the country is under a three month long emergency period, given the unspeakable attacks on Coptic churches on Palm Sunday. The assailants claimed to be members of ISIS. Whether or not ISIS was responsible for the most recent attack, one can not say, but it should be noted that ISIS members have not been remotely friendly in the past towards Coptic Christians and their churches. In fact, many Christians of this sect have left their home towns to find a place that is more secure and less likely to be invaded. Coptic Christians statistically form ten percent of the Egyptian population of ninety one million. Discrimination against this minority religious group seemed to reach its peak in 2011 when the regime of Hosni Mubarak was toppled. Mubarak appeared to be all in favor of reestablishing peace connection with American throughout the Middle East, but was tried twice on account of ordering attacks of protesters who did not like his corrupt and unequal government. 

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