ICC Note: Two Coptic bishops favor the re-election of President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi in Egypt because they feel he has advocated and protected Christians from ISIS. The bishops also fear any changes in the future that might leave Coptic Christians vulnerable again.
3/28/2018 Egypt (AnsaMed) – Two Coptic Catholic bishops, including one who is on the frontlines of the war on ISIS, have said their communities feel protected by Egyptian authorities and therefore they support the re-election of President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi.
”In the whole province of Ismailia, in the eastern part of the delta” of the Nile and the ”Suez Canal, within my diocese, we are well protected”, Bishop Makarios Tewfik, told ANSA.
The bishop is in charge of an area bordering with the governorate of Sinai, in the north-western part, a stronghold of the Islamic State which the army has been fighting since February in an anti-terror campaign presented by Sisi as key.
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