Two Egyptian Coptic churches faced lethal attacks on Sunday in which at least 44 people were killed and more than 100 got injured. Islamic state has claimed responsibility for this deadly bomb attacks. These two attacks took place on Palm Sunday, the first went off at Nile Delta City inside St. George Church, in which at least 27 people were killed and 78 were injured. The second one held at struck Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria, in which 16 people were killed and at least 41 were injured. After these attacks Egypt’s President Al Sisi called for a three-month state of emergency.
These Attacks are the latest assault on a religious minority targeted by Islamist militants, aimed at a vulnerable religious minority on one of the most important days of holy week leading up to Easter. In 2017, the terrorist faction has carried out several other attacks in all over the world, in which hundreds of Christian feasts to underscore the religious nature of their campaigns. For Christians, Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, and commemorated Jesus Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem just days before his death. U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted “So sad to hear of the terrorist attack in Egypt. U.S. strongly condemns. I have great confidence that President Al Sisi will handle situation properly.
Pope Francis also condemns and prayed after his weekly Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s Square that the Lord “convert the hearts of the people who are sowing terror, violence and death, and also the hearts of those who make and traffic weapons.”