Cairo - Gunmen yesterday attacked a
Egyptian security forces check point near
the monastery of St. Catherine, in the South
Sinai area, killing at least one policeman
and wounding four more.
The Cairo Ministry of Health, confirmed
the latest attack near a place of Christian
worship, some ten days after the attacks of
April 9, the churches of Tanta and
Alessandria. In the attacks in the Coptic
community, claimed by the militias of the
Islamic State (IS), 45 people died, over a
hundred were injured.
IS jihadi militias have also claimed the
latter attack, which involved a checkpoint
about 800 meters from the entrance of the
monastery. It is one of the most important
holy places for Christianity in Egypt. An
incident that comes just 10 days before the
visit of Pope Francis to Egypt.
The St. Catherine monastery, founded in
the sixth century and located at the foot of
Mount Sinai, is one of the oldest Christian
places of worship in the world and a UNESCO
world heritage site, as one of the most
popular religious destinations for tourism.
It belongs to the Eastern Orthodox Church.
The attack once more confirms the escalation
of violence against the Christian minority
in Egypt, about 10% of the total population,
despite the attempts of President Abdel
Fattah al-Sisi (a former army general) to
ensure security in Country.
Local security sources reported that the
alert is maximum levels around all the most
important religious and tourist sites of the
country, particularly in resort overlooking
the Red Sea, because of the risk of further
Also yesterday, police arrested a man on
suspicion of involvement in attacks on
churches on Palm Sunday. The man's name is
Ali Mahmoud Mohamed Hassan and is one of the
19 people identified by investigators for
having participated - for various reasons -
in the attacks. He was identified and
arrested in the southern province of Qena,
the same area of origin of the two suicide
bombers who blew themselves up in Tanta and