Monks in Egypt Want New Church in Memory of Copts Killed in Minya Bus Attack
ICC Note: World Watch Monitor reports that the planned demolition of a memorial to the 28 Copts murdered last year on Ascension Day has been halted.
2/23/2018 Egypt (World Watch Monitor) – Following an Egyptian town council’s order last week to demolish a makeshift memorial for the 28 Copts murdered on Ascension Day last year as they travelled towards a monastery, the governor of Minya has met with a delegation of monks from the monastery to discuss the matter.
The memorial was erected on the spot where the Copts’ buses had been attacked en route to the Monastery of St. Samuel the Confessor, but it was set up without official permission, leading Al-Edwa town council to issue a demolition order.
However, Minya governor Essam al-Bedeiwi intervened and prevented the demolition until he could discuss the matter with the monastery and the town council.