Trump speaks with Egyptian president on church bombings

by Abel Hampton April 13, 2017, 1:10

Two parishioners and a pastor at one of the churches told Human Rights Watch that police protection at the church gate was inadequate and may have allowed the bomber to enter.

The Islamic State jihadist group said it was behind the bombings at churches in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria, and threatened further attacks against Egypt's Christian minority.

Palm Sunday, a Christian celebration for many, was marked by twin church bombings in Egypt.

"While aware of no threats against the Coptic community here in the United States", Shea said Monday, "out of an excess of caution we're making sure to have extra resources through the high holy days".

Sisi asserted that the state of emergency would be implemented by "necessary legal and constitutional procedures" based on Article 154 of Egypt's 2014 constitution, which states that the president must consult the Cabinet before issuing an official declaration, after which the decision must be submitted to the parliament. One targeted StGeorge's Coptic church in the northern city of Tanta, where 27 people were killed, the health ministry said.

St. George's Church in Tanta, Egypt was the site of the first attack. When an officer stopped the man, he detonated his explosives, killing at least 17 people and wounding 48.

At St Mark's in Alexandria, at night the bodies were brought in wooden coffins decorated with golden crosses to the church yard where hundreds of sad and angry Copts gathered and a priest was saying prayers.

The awful attack was conducted under the name of the Egyptian branch of ISIS and took the lives of over 40 people and 100 injured; where most of the casualties where Egyptian Copts.

The bishop said Pope Francis's trip to Egypt, scheduled for 28th - 29th April, is "more important than ever" and that the Pontiff had already "shown the courage, precisely in such circumstances, to come and strengthen the people".

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks that occurred at Coptic churches, USA Today reported.

Most Copts live in Egypt, where the community comprises an estimated 10 percent of the country's population.

But he has also failed to acknowledge "de facto" discrimination against Coptic Christians.

"Crusaders and their apostate allies should know the bill between us and them is very big and they will pay it with rivers of blood from their children, god willing".

On April 11, parliament voted unanimously to approve al-Sisi's decree.

Under a new constitution, it was then demanded that a state of emergency could only be imposed if approved by Parliament.

"Egypt has a decades-long history of relying on emergency measures which grant security forces sweeping powers to commit human rights violations unchecked, leading to arbitrary detention, torture and other serious violations".

He said yesterday's attacks were not altogether unexpected given recent attacks against churches in Egypt, notably last December's blast at Ss Peter and Paul, in Cairo, the capital.

This social challenge converts into a security challenge for President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. In certain local villages, the faithful celebrate Mass before a cross drawn on a wall, making it easy to erase quickly in order to avoid attacks. There are a lack of prosecutions and people not being held to account. The ability of Coptic Christians to worship safely has become a bellwether for President al-Sisi campaign against Islamists and so continued IS attacks may begin cast doubts on the success of his counterterrorism campaign against Egyptian jihadists.

A 15-year veteran of the church, Father Danial said that the church "definitely" was in need of better security but stopped short of blaming the government.

The next month, security forces used deadly force to break up two pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo.

"We're living in different times", Adams said.


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