Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Lollylolly
Coptic Christian Orthdox monastery in Lower Egypt

A convoy of two buses and a truck filled with Coptic Christians was attacked Thursday about 150 miles south of Cairo as it was traveling to the Monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor.

A gang of 10 armed terrorists wearing masks and military uniforms stopped the vehicles along a desert road in Minya province and opened fire, killing at least 28 people, according to Fox News.


No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. However, the Islamic State terrorist organization has frequently targeted the Coptic Christian community in Egypt. The group has bombed numerous churches, particularly around the Christian holidays.

Earlier this year for the first time ever, the flag of an Arab nation lit up Tel Aviv City hall on May 28, 2017 to show Israel’s solidarity with the citizens of Egypt following a deadly attack on Coptic Christians by the Islamic State terrorist organization. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strongly condemned the attack and sent condolences to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and the Egyptian people.

The government of President el-Sisi has vowed to hunt down the attackers. Coptic Christians comprise some 10 percent of Egypt’s population of 92 million.


Previous articleParshas Vayera
Next articleGreenblatt Welcomes Palestinian Authority Deployment to Gaza Crossings
Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.