Egypt opens museum to honor Coptic Christians killed by Daesh

The museum is located in Al-Aour village in Minya governate. (social media)
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Updated 19 February 2020

Egypt opens museum to honor Coptic Christians killed by Daesh

  • The museum is housed inside a church built to commemorate victims of the Daesh beheadings in Libya

CAIRO: A museum has opened in Egypt to honor a group of Coptic Christians slaughtered by Daesh militants on a beach in Libya.

The museum is housed inside a church built to commemorate the 20 Egyptians and one Ghanaian who were taken hostage and beheaded in 2015.

The museum is located in Al-Aour village in Minya governate, where most of the victims came from. They were working in Sirte when they were captured.

Their gruesome deaths were filmed by the extremists and sparked global condemnation.

The museum includes a memorial of made up of 21 four-meter high statues of each of the victims in front of a monument of Jesus. 

The massacre cased deep shock among the Coptic community, which has repeatedly been the target of extremist attacks inside Egypt.

After the massacre, Egypt retaliated with air strikes against Daesh camps.


Egypt warns tougher actions on coronavirus curfew violators, hoarders

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Egypt warns tougher actions on coronavirus curfew violators, hoarders

  • Egypt’s top prosecutor ordered in a statement to take necessary legal actions against offenders

DUBAI: Egypt has ramped up penalties for people who will violate curfew and hoard essential goods, as the country struggles with COVID-19, local daily Ahram Online has reported on Friday.

Egypt’s top prosecutor ordered in a statement to take necessary legal actions against offenders.

Curfew violators could face jail term and a fine of up to $250, according to the statement. People who hoard essential commodities could also be subject to the same punishment, with fines reaching up to $127,000 or 2 million Egyptian pounds.

Other punishable offenses were outlined in the statement, including producing counterfeit goods, monopolizing and hiking prices of products.

Egypt’s coronavirus infections stood at 865 on Saturday.