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Orthodox Church unremittingly supports ‘Sinai 2018’ military action

Fri, Feb. 9, 2018
CAIRO – 9 February 2018: Headed by His Holiness Pope Towadros II, the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt announced its unremitting support of the comprehensive Military Operation of Sinai 2018.

“History will record the sacrifices of our courageous police and Armed Forces with letters of light,” read the statement of the Orthodox Church.

Similarly, Al-Azhar Institute expressed its full support for the "Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018" announced by the armed forces and the Ministry of the Interior on Friday to purge the country from terrorism, a statement read.

The video statement number (1) posted on army spokesperson Tamer el-Refai's Facebook page said the intensified military operation “Sinai 2018” against extremists comes "within the framework of the mandate by Egypt's Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, to the General Command of the Armed Forces and ministry of interior, to coordinate with all the country’s institutions to confront terrorism and all other related operations by extremists."

“Al-Azhar calls upon all the Egyptian people to support our brave armed forces and security men in confronting these terrorist and criminal elements, which terrorized innocent citizens,” Al-Azhar said in its statement.

Since the ousting of ex-Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated President Mohamed Morsi, Egypt has seen growing waves of extremism washing over society and spawning numerous deadly attacks. Among these attacks was the terrorist attack that hit Al-Rawdah Mosque and left more than 302 Friday prayers congregates dead in late November.

A month earlier, The Interior Ministry announced that 16 security officers were killed during clashes with militants in Wahat in the Western Desert; the clashes also led to the killing of 15 militants.
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