Reactions to the Horror

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Aftermath of the attack on the al Rawdah Sufi mosque in Bir al-Abed in the northern Sinai.
Aftermath of the attack on the al Rawdah Sufi mosque in Bir al-Abed in the northern Sinai. (Photo: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

Clarion Project’s Arab Affairs Analyst Ran Meir culled reactions from the Egyptian media to the terror attack in a mosque in the northern Sinai that claimed the lives of over 300 people, including 27 children. The attack occurred in Bir al-Abed at the al Rawdah Sufi mosque during Friday prayers.

Here are some thoughts from major media outlets in Egypt:


Al-Ahram: The terrorists were based in an area far from security forces. The attack sends the message that the terrorists can reach civilians that have no protection. The fact that civilians were targeted while they were praying gives the terrorists immense media attention, showing that their objective is to spread fear by showing how powerful they are.


Al-Wafd: The purpose of attacking worshippers inside a mosque during Friday prayers is to spread desperation and frustration in the Egyptian population. However, we will never succumb to them, even it will cost us all our blood. They believe [wrongly] that Egyptians will turn against their government.


Al-Gomhuria: The Egyptian people are still paying the price of their resistance to terror. Egypt is still bearing the consequences of thwarting the [terrorists’] evil plan ever since they got rid of [Morsi’s] Muslim Brotherhood regime.


Youm7: The terrorists had two objectives with this attack: The first was that the Egyptians would lose all hope and become frustrated and defeated. This explains why they killed such a large number of people.  The second objective was that we should immediately blame ourselves for this attack and exchange accusations among ourselves as to who is responsible for this great catastrophe … We must not let our  grief to be something on-going in our lives, because the future holds great things of this country. For that, we need to be strong.


Al Akhbar: I don’t know why some people are amazed by how horrific this terror attack was. These paid infidels [mercenaries] don’t care if they are killing a person who is praying in a mosque or in a church. They don’t care if the deceased is an ambushed police officer or a child at school. The terrorists are blind and don’t differentiate between men and women or adults and children … I have just one question for them: What is the religion of your father?



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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org