Egypt

Egypt

BACKGROUND

Egypt, which became an independent state in 1922, is a country in North Africa bordering Israel to the northeast, Libya to the west, Sudan to the south, the Mediterranean Sea to the north, and the Red Sea to the east. Egypt is a country with one of the longest histories and is famous for its pharaohs, pyramids, the Nile, its Coptic heritage, and the dishes "Mulukhiyah" and "Koshari." In Egypt, Christians are estimated to be around 10%, or 10 million of the approximately 100 million population. 

LATEST NEWS

  • Egyptian police forces killed 21 militants in North Sinai that were planning on carrying out terrorist attacks during Eid al-Fitr. -Egypt Independent 

  • Due to the COVID-19 precautionary measures that have been taken in Egypt, Egyptian Radio and Television Union will broadcast the Eid al-Fitr prayers this weekend. This was confirmed by the spokesperson from the Ministry of Endowments. The Egyptian Prime Minister had announced on Wednesday that the citizens must abide the measures during and after the holiday, including the prohibition on public gatherings. All the Egyptian Muslims must perform their Eid prayers at home alone or with their family. -Egypt Independent 

  • Mo Salah, the famous Egyptian football player, has been ranked by France Football among the top 50 influential figures in football in 2020. -Egypt Independent  

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  • Coptic Pope Tawadros II called the Copts to unite in prayer on March 25, to pray that the Lord would intervene and lift the peril of the Coronavirus. -Watani
  • The Coptic Church stated on March 21 that they would be closing all Coptic churches in Egypt until further notice to halt the spread of COVID-19. -Watani
  • Egypt confirmed on Thursday three additional deaths and 39 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of cases confirmed so far in the country to 495. Twenty four people have died from the virus in Egypt. -Egypt Independent 

  • On 17 April, the Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly announced that the curfew measures will be additional for the Easter holiday on April 20. This will include the closing of parks, suspension of public transportation, etc. The PM also added that the nationwide curfew will be extended to April 23 as a precautionary measure. - Egypt Independent 
  • Egyptian forces killed seven terrorists in the El-Amiriya neighborhood in Cairo. These terrorists were planning on carrying out attacks on Copts during the Easter holiday, according to Ministry of Interior. Since 2012, several attacks have been carried out during the Easter holiday on Copts and their churches in Egypt. - Egyptian Streets 
  • Samuel Tadros writes an article about what Palm Sunday means to Egypt’s Copts today. The day, which represents joy when Jesus enters Jerusalem and the chats of Hosanna, has turned to a sorrowful day for the Copts. Despite the challenges that the Coptic Church faces in Egypt, it is flourishing abroad. - The Atlantic