At least one police officer was killed and four others injured after gunmen attacked security forces near an important Christian site in Egypt.The attack, which took place at a police checkpoint near the monastery of St. Catherine in southern Sinai, came a week after 45 people were killed in Coptic churches.
Isis claimed responsibility for the attacks on the Christian minority, which makes up about 10% of Egypt’s 92 million people.The latest attack is another stain on President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s record after pledging to protect minorities in a campaign against extremism.
After the attack on the two churches on Sunday (9 April) – one in St. George’s Church in Tanta and the other in St. Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria – Sisi declared a state of emergency which was later approved by the Parliament.However, this step has done little to quell the fears of Egyptian Christians in the country, who are the oldest and largest Christian communities in the Middle East.
“I do not want these attacks to happen again but I do not feel we are doing anything to stop this,” Maha Rajai, a Coptic Christian teacher who lives in Cairo, told Reuters before Easter.Islamic extremists have routinely targeted Christians in Egypt since the 2011 revolution, but attacks have intensified in recent months.
During the revolution, creative images of the Christian world were hand in hand to protect Muslims from the attack during Friday prayers and Muslims returned courtesy on church services on Sunday.
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