Egypt’s Churches Suspend All Activities for July Fearing Terror

Relatives of Copts killed in a terrorist attack by ISIS mourn at a group funeral. (Photo: MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)
Relatives of Copts killed in a terrorist attack by ISIS mourn at a group funeral. (Photo: MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)

Egypt’s churches will shut their doors for the remainder of July for security reasons. The decision was made jointly by The Coptic Orthodox, Catholic, and Evangelical churches after consulting with security operatives.

“The decision was taken by the three churches after they had consulted security sources. It’s important to protect Christians and their gatherings,” a church leader told the privately-owned Egyptian media outlet Al-Masry Al-Youm.

Terrorist groups, in particular Islamic State, continually threaten and harass Christians in Egypt. Christians in Egypt are reportedly becoming increasingly angry about their lack of protection.

At the end of May, 29 Christians were murdered while on their way to a monastery in central Egypt.

The Egyptian Catholic Church told Reuters that the security warning came from the Egyptian Interior Ministry.

On July 15, a terrorist stabbed and wounded a security guard who prevented him from entering a church, according to AFP. The attack took place in the port city of Alexandria. The terrorist was reportedly subdued and taken into custody and is being questioned.

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Elliot Friedland
Elliot Friedland is a research fellow at Clarion Project.