Thursday, April 20, 2017

ISIS Attacks Christian Site in Sinai

April 19, 2017 By

St. Catherine's Monastery in Sinai
  (Photo: wikicommons/Berthold Werner)

The Islamic State (ISIS) terror group continues to attack Christian sites throughout the Middle East. Ynet News reports on the latest such attack on a famous Christian site in the Sinai Peninsula that left a police officer dead and four others wounded:

ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack on an Egyptian police checkpoint near the famed Saint Catherine's Monastery in Sinai late Tuesday, which authorities said killed one policeman and wounded four.
The militants opened fire from an elevated hilltop overlooking the police checkpoint just outside the monastery, which is located in a remote desert and mountainous area in the southern part of the Sinai Peninsula, according to a statement by the Interior Ministry...

According to SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks online activity of militants, the ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency announced that the group's militants carried out the attack near Saint Catherine. This is the first time the ISIS has attacked a monastery...

The attack on the 6th century monastery, which is a popular site for tourists visiting Red Sea resorts along Sinai's southern coast, comes just over a week after suicide bombers attacked two churches in the Nile Delta city of Tanta and the coastal city of Alexandria, killing 45 people on Palm Sunday. Egypt's Sinai-based ISIS affiliate claimed responsibility for those attacks.

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