Hungary was extremely shocked to hear about the latest terrorist attacks against the Coptic Christian community in Egypt, which occurred while people were at Mass on Palm Sunday in the Mar Guirguis Church in Tanta, north of Cairo, and a few hours ago in Alexandria. According to news reports the attacks have claimed over 30 lives and injured at least 50 people.

The Hungarian Government deeply rejects the extremist attacks against innocent and vulnerable people, which initial analyses are blaming on Islamic State volunteers. We hereby express our condolences to the families and relatives of the victims and offer out direct assistance to the Coptic community.

29 people lost their lives in the bomb attack on Saint Peter’s Church in Cairo on 11 December 2016, and as a result of the assistance offered at the time two Coptic women who were injured during the attack are currently receiving treatment in Hungary.

(Ministry of Human Capacities)