Two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt were attacked by ISIS affiliated suicide bombers on Palm Sunday.
The Associated Press reported that, “the Copts have long been a favored target of extremists—they were struck with a similar church bombing just weeks before the country’s 2011 Arab Spring uprising, and Islamic militants gave them a particular focus during a crackdown on them in the 1990s—but the past five months been particularly bloody. U.S.-based think tank the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy said the attacks brought the total number of sectarian incidents against Copts to 26 in 2017, with a total of 88 killed including those at a major church bombing in December.”
What we saw in Egypt was no accident. These were intentional attacks, carried out when these churches were filled for the Christian observation of Palm Sunday.
This most recent attack puts in sharp relief the increasingly embattled plight of Christian minorities throughout the Middle East.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/317543255″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]