2011: The Egyptian revolution ends a 30-year presidency 2012: The newly-elected president is a member of an Islamist party, the Muslim Brotherhood 2013: Millions revolt against the new president in the biggest protests in Egyptian history 3 days later, the military removes him. In the next days, Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and military supporters clash all over Egypt. This is one such day.
فيلم إشتباك Eshtebak (Clash, 2016), dir. Mohamed Diab
EGYPT. Cairo. December 11, 2016. A bombing at Cairo’s largest Coptic cathedral killed at least 25 people and wounded 49, many of them women and children attending Sunday mass, in the deadliest attack on Egypt’s Christian minority in years.
(1) (7) Nuns cry as they stand at the scene inside Cairo’s Coptic cathedral, following a bombing. Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters & Nariman El-Mofty/AP
(2) (5) Security forces examine the scene inside the St. Mark Cathedral in central Cairo. Nariman El-Mofty/AP
Coptic Christians hold hands during a protest outside the St. Mark Cathedra. Nariman El-Mofty/AP
A worker cleans the scene inside St. Mark Cathedral. Omar El-Hady via AP
Coptic Christians chant slogans during a protest outside the St. Mark Cathedral. Nariman El-Mofty/AP
(8) A man holds up a bloodied piece of rubble in the shape of a cross as people rallied in the street outside the church of St Peter and St Paul in the Coptic Cathedral complex. Chris McGrath/Getty Images
Damage following a bomb explosion at the Saint Peter and Saint Paul Coptic Orthodox Church. Khaled Desouki/AFP
The attack comes as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi fights battles on several fronts. His economic reforms have angered the poor, a bloody crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood has seen thousands jailed, whilst an insurgency rages in Northern Sinai, led by the Egyptian branch of Islamic State.
The militant group has also carried out deadly attacks in Cairo and has urged its supporters to launch attacks around the world in recent weeks as it goes on the defensive in its Iraqi and Syrian strongholds.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but exiled Brotherhood officials and home-grown militant groups condemned the attack. (Reuters)
Copts represent between 10% to 20% of the population of Egypt. There has been a growing intolerance and string of incidents against the country’s largest religious minority in recent years.