Op- ed re­view: Ter­ror at­tack, World Youth Fo­rum


The Daily News Egypt - - News - By Amira El- Fekki

Egypt is mourn­ing seven Coptic cit­i­zens tar­geted by gun­men in a Fri­day at­tack against their bus near the gover­norate of Minya. Opin­ion writ­ers took a look at the tim­ing of the ter­ror at­tack co­in­cid­ing with the World Youth Fo­rum, spon­sored and at­tended by Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah Al- Sisi in Sharm El- Sheikh.

To Al- Ahram’s Salah Mon­tasser, the in­ci­dent took place shortly be­fore the fo­rum kicked off, with the pur­pose of send­ing a mes­sage to for­eign­ers that Egypt is not a safe coun­try, and an­other mes­sage to Egyp­tians that ter­ror­ism is still able to hit them. Mon­tasser made a sec­ond ar­gu­ment that the se­cu­rity ap­pa­ra­tus was not to blame, but that the vic­tims took an un­se­cured road mak­ing it eas­ier for at­tack­ers to tar­get them.

Like­wise, in state- owned Al- Akhbar, Ahmed Sha­l­aby asked: “why did our Coptic chil­dren fail to re­spond to se­cu­rity in­struc­tions to not visit St. Sa­muel’s Monastery in that desert area which needs great se­cu­rity mea­sures and lacks a com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­work?”

He added: “Why did the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims re­sort to cir­cum­vent­ing the re­turn from the monastery to block the main road by tak­ing sec­ondary roads and ex­pos­ing them­selves and their chil­dren to a grave dan­ger?” Sha­l­aby blamed their ig­no­rance of warn­ings given that a pre­vi­ous at­tack had taken place in the same area.

For Al- Akhbar’s Karam Gabr, ter­ror­ists failed to achieve any­thing with such acts, as the en­tire world con­demned what hap­pened while the youth was send­ing mes­sages of peace and cel­e­brat­ing life in the World Youth Fo­rum in Sharm El- Sheikh.

Wael Al- Se­mary from the pri­vately- owned Al- Youm Al- Sabea used the world ‘ dog’ re­peat­edly as an in­sult to those who attacked the bus, shoot­ing chil­dren, peace­ful and in­no­cent peo­ple. “Are you not the son of in­cest be­tween demons and hye­nas?” he wrote.

The news­pa­per’s Dan­darawy Al- Hawary opin­ion­ated that Mus­lim cit­i­zens rush­ing to hos­pi­tals for blood do­na­tions to in­jured Coptic cit­i­zens proved great­ness in fac­ing con­spir­a­tors and traitors.

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