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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

Congressman Sires Condemns Attack on Coptic Christians

May 26, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.)-  Congressman Sires issued the following statement condemning the attack in Egypt that targeted Coptic Christians traveling to the Monastery of St. Samuel the Confessor:

 “Today’s deplorable attack on innocent men, women, and children is the epitome of cowardice and barbarity.  No group should have to live in fear of violent attacks simply because of their beliefs.  The Coptic Christian community in Egypt has faced continuous, targeted persecution despite their deep roots in Egyptian society.  This attack, along with the bombings during Palm Sunday and New Year services, serve as a horrific reminder of the constant struggle against senseless violence around the world

Last month, I met with President El-Sisi of Egypt to highlight my concerns regarding the increase in vigilante violence targeting Coptic Christians.  I reiterated my long-held stance that it is essential that we work with our allies in Egypt to defeat extremism and stop these heinous attacks on innocent civilians.

I offer my condolences to the families of the victims who perished in this attack and my thoughts are with those still recovering. It is my hope that the Egyptian government will conduct a swift and thorough investigation to bring those responsible to justice.”