Media Statement

26 May 2017

President Zuma sends a message of condolences to Egypt over attacks on Coptic Christians

President Jacob Zuma has, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, extended the country’s deepest condolences to President al-Sisi and the people of Arab Republic of Egypt following attacks on the Coptic Cathedral on 26 May 2017 that left scores of people dead and others injured.

At least 28 Coptic Christians have been killed and dozens more wounded by armed men who attacked them while they were travelling to a monastery in Egypt's Minya province.

The victims were reportedly headed to the Saint Samuel Monastery, located outside Minya city, when the attackers opened fire of them.

President Zuma reiterated the position of the South African government, saying: “Terrorism in any form and from whichever quarter cannot be condoned. South Africa stands firmly with the international community in condemning all terrorism. We will continue to support regional and international efforts to address the scourge of terrorism in all its forms.”

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