Morocco strongly condemned the abject terrorist attacks that targeted Sunday morning two churches in the Egyptian cities of Tanta and Alexandria, causing several victims.
Morocco also denounces all attacks against places of worship and vigorously rejects any attack on their sanctity, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in a statement.
By targeting the places of worship, the abject terrorism reveals once again its atrocious and criminal face rejected by all heavenly religions, the statement said, noting that the perpetrators of these despicable acts are infidels who have no relation with the holy Islamic religion and its tolerant principles.
The Kingdom, which expressed its condolences and sympathy to the grieving families and the brotherly Egyptian people, reiterated its total solidarity with the Arab Republic of Egypt in confronting the abject terrorism aimed at undermining the stability of this great Arab country and the cohesion of its components.
Al-Sisi declares a state of emergency
After a meeting for Egypt’s national defense council to discuss the bombings, held at the presidential palace, al-Sisi delivered a defiant speech. He stated that the state of emergency would be implemented after all “legal and constitution steps” were taken. The majority of parliament members supported al-Sisi.
“A series of steps will be taken, most notably, the announcement of a state of emergency for three months after legal and constitution steps are taken,” al-Sisi said.
Al-Sisi accused countries whose names he didn’t disclose of attempting to cause instability in Egypt. “Egyptians have foiled plots and efforts by countries and fascist, terrorist organizations that try to control Egypt.”
Following the the two suicide bombings carried out by so-called the Islamic State (ISIS) Egyptian authorities step up their investigations, making arrests without warrants and searching private homes.
The first blast occurred when a bomb exploded near the altar inside St. George’s Coptic Church in Tanta, located approximately 100 kilometers outside of Cairo. The two successive attacks have resulted in the deaths of at least 43 people. Over 130 people were reported injured in both blasts.
The leader of the Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, was attending mass inside the church when the blast occurred, but he was unhurt.