Due to the more than 100 Coptic Christians killed in attacks by Islamic extremists, the Egyptian state took the precaution to warn church representatives of a potential attack. In response, church officials have decided to cancel all holidays and pilgrimages for the months of July and August. Additionally, security troops will be posted outside monasteries that will be holding festivals. Many Coptic Christians feel that the state has abandoned them but if the state is able to prevent an attack it would be one step in repairing the trust that was lost.
07/14/2017 Egypt (Washington Post) – Egyptian churches are suspending pilgrimages, holidays and conferences for the remainder of July and August after authorities warned about possible attacks by Islamic militants.
Christian activist Ishak Ibrahim reported the suspension by the majority Coptic Orthodox and the smaller Anglican and Catholic churches on Thursday. Security officials and pastors confirmed his account.
The officials said the warning was delivered to church representatives during a meeting this week with top army and security commanders in the southern city of Assiut. They have also been told that army troops would be deployed outside monasteries hosting major religious festivals in coming weeks.