St Catherine’s Greek Orthodox Monastery attack: ISIS kills police at UNESCO Sinai site

Gunmen attacked security forces near St Catherine’s Greek Orthodox Monastery in Egypt’s south Sinai on Tuesday, killing at least one police officer and injuring four others, the Health Ministry announced, just a week after two deadly church bombings killed 45 innocent victims in Egypt.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on a police checkpoint about 800 metres from the entrance to the monastery, one of the world’s most important Christian sites.

The attack comes just 10 days before Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Egypt and just over a week after two deadly suicide bombings on Christian churches, also claimed by IS, plunged the country into mourning and marked one of the bloodiest days for the country’s Christian minority in decades.

St Catherine’s was founded in the 6th century and located at the foot of Mount Sinai, it is one of the oldest Greek Orthodox Christian monasteries in the world and a UNESCO world heritage site.

In February, thousands of Christian families and students fled North Sinai province after a spate of targeted killings.

Security sources said security had been put on high alert at tourist facilities across southern Sinai after the attack.

GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.

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  1. This is so sad. The people in Sinai were so dependant on the monastery, I can’t imagine what happened to the wonderful people I met there who eked out a living with their camels. Many young people from the area worked at the monastery which has a hugely important library , the books of which are being put on computer by these young people. The monastery has a document signed by the Prophet Mohammad which declares protection of the monastery . This shows that ISIS has no respect for the religion they claim to represent ..
    I spent a week living in this monastery , and I think about the monks and others that have been living under a type of siege all the time. Lord have Mercy.

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