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Coptic Christians feel their government has failed to protect them after four attacks in six months, the last being the ambush of Christians on their way to pray at a monastery. After the Palm Sunday attacks, the country was put on alert, however the Coptic Christians feel that this was just a way to calm the country because no increase in security has happened. It is believed that President El-Sisi is all talk and no action. Coptic Christians demand better protection from the Egyptian government in light of continued persecution. 

  

2017-05-30 Egypt (The Guardian) – Egypt’s Coptic Christians have accused the government of failing to protect them in the wake of an attack claimed by Islamic State on a bus convoy that killed at least 29 people and injured about 20 more.

Relatives of some of those killed said the attack, which occurred after a group of gunmen stopped a convoy headed for the Saint Samuel monastery close to the southern Egyptian town of Minya, undermines the state of emergency in Egypt declared after a previous attack in April.

Videos of the attack began to surfaced on social media networks on Sunday, two days after 29 were killed in the attack on a desert road south of the capital. Isis claimed responsibility for the attack on Friday. It was the fourth attack against Christians in Egypt since December to be claimed by the IS. The string of attacks have killed more than 100 and injured scores.

One survivor, a small boy who seemed to be about six, said his mother pushed him under her seat and covered him with a bag. A young woman speaking from her hospital bed said the assailants ordered the women to surrender their jewelry and money before they opened fire, killing the men first and then some of the women. The woman said the gunmen were masked and wore military uniforms.

 

 

 

 

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