Islamic State Claims Responsibility For The Egypt Attack On Twitter

For the first time ever, the flag of an Arab nation lit up Tel Aviv City Hall late Saturday night to show Israel's solidarity with the citizens of Egypt in the wake of a deadly attack on Coptic Christians Friday.

Minya governor Essam al-Bedawi said security forces had arrived at the scene and were fanning out along the road to the monastery and setting up checkpoints.

The vehicle contained pilgrims bound for the monastery of St Samuel the Confessor in Maghagha, Minya, approximately 140 miles south of Cairo.

Masked gunmen riding in three SUVs opened fire Friday on a packed bus taking Coptic Christians on a visit to a monastery south of Egypt's capital, killing at least 28 people, including two little children, authorities said.

The assault follows a series of church bombings claimed by Islamic State in a campaign of violence against Copts.

Egypt's government has been struggling to contain an insurgency by Islamic militants led by an IS affiliate that is centered in the northern region of the Sinai peninsula, though attacks on the mainland have recently increased.

Meanwhile, Egypt on Saturday morning said its military is continuing to carry out air strikes against militant training camps in Derna in eastern Libya, state television reported.

Egypt launched a fresh round of air strikes over Libya on Saturday, Egyptian military sources and an eyewitness told Reuters, targeting militant camps it said were responsible for a shooting spree that killed dozens of Egyptian Christians.

A spokesman for the pro-Al-Qaeda Majlis Mujahedeen Derna, whi\ch controls the city, said the Egyptian air force carried out eight raids on the city without causing casualties.

IS claimed all the bombings and threatened more attacks on the Copts, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt's population of 90 million. The bloodshed came on the eve of the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

And in December, a suicide bomber killed 29 people at a church in Cairo.

Earlier in the evening, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strongly condemned the attack, sending condolences to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and the Egyptian people. It was the fourth to target the country's Christian minority since December.

  • Leroy Wright