At least 23 Coptic Christians have been killed in a terrorist attack in Egypt, the BBC and multiple outlets reported early Friday morning. Another 25 have are reported injured.
The attack took place in the Egyptian province of Minya when a gunman opened fire on a crowded bus heading to a local monastery.
It’s not the first time minority Christians have been targeted in the country. Only last month, dozens were killed and more than a hundred were injured after two separate bombing on Copts. The attack garnered a presidential condemnation on Donald Trump’s Twitter feed. ISIS later claimed responsibility. In December, 2016, another 25 were killed when a bomb destroyed a Coptic Christian cathedral.
“I think what we’re beginning to see, and I hate to say it, is a beginning exodus of Christians through the Middle East,” said Council on Foreign Relations President Richard N. Haass on Morning Joe. “They are targeted and don’t feel safe.
Haass then compared the situation to the the Jewish experience in these countries decades ago.
“This reminds me when the jews were forced to leave the Middle East decades ago. This is the second great exodus and it will be just as bad for the Middle East.”
This is a developing story.
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