Cop­tic Chris­tians mourn at­tack vic­tims

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

Hun­dreds of Cop­tic Chris­tians gath­ered for a fu­neral south of Cairo to bid farewell to six of seven peo­ple killed Fri­day by Is­lamist mil­i­tants who am­bushed three buses car­ry­ing pil­grims to a re­mote desert monastery.

The ser­vice at Prince Tadros Church in the city of Minya was held amid tight se­cu­rity and presided over by Minya’s top cleric, Anba Makar­ios.

All but one of those killed were mem­bers of the same fam­ily, ac­cord­ing to a list of the vic­tims’ names re­leased by the church, which said a boy and a girl, ages 15 and 12, re­spec­tively, were among the dead. A to­tal of 19 were wounded in the at­tack, ac­cord­ing to the Cop­tic Or­tho­dox Church.

The lo­cal Is­lamic State af­fil­i­ate has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for Fri­day’s at­tack south of Cairo.

Ne­tanyahu praises U.S. for restor­ing sanc­tions on Iran: Is­rael’s prime min­is­ter is prais­ing the restora­tion of U.S. sanc­tions on Iran that were lifted un­der the 2015 nu­clear arms deal. The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion on Fri­day an­nounced that it will re­store sanc­tions tar­get­ing Iran’s ship­ping, fi­nan­cial and en­ergy sec­tors on Mon­day but carved out ex­emp­tions for eight coun­tries that can still im­port oil from Iran with­out penalty. Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu, a staunch op­po­nent of the 2015 agree­ment, said Pres­i­dent Trump had made a “his­toric” de­ci­sion by restor­ing sanc­tions against “the mur­der­ous ter­ror regime in Iran that is en­dan­ger­ing the en­tire world.”

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