ISIS claims attack on popular religious sight in Egypt

In “Gunman Attack Popular Religious Tourism Site in Sanai” by Jane Arraf, she explains the attack that took place on April 17 in Egypt. The gunman were said to be hiding in a nearby mountain waiting to open fire on people crossing a checkpoint. Although no tourists were involved, one security officer and four others were injured. The ancient monastery where this took place is said to be where Moses was given a sign from God, making it one of Egypt’s most important tourist sites. Attacks in this part of Egypt are very rare, but ISIS claimed this as one of theirs.

No matter where people go in today’s world, the safety of oneself can never be determined with the amount of terrorist actions taking place. It is horrible to think that a place where one may feel comfortable and have a religious state of mind be scared for their life. People go all the time to visit their churches and sacred areas where they can have the freedom of having their one-on-one time with God. To be scared to enter their “safe zone” should not happen. This incident reminds me of the Palm Sunday bombings at churches in Egypt that killed dozens of people. All the men, women, and children that were there celebrating a religious holiday were killed for no good reason. I’m left with one question that is why do innocent live have to be taken?


2 thoughts on “ISIS claims attack on popular religious sight in Egypt

  1. Brianna, thank you for bringing the topic regarding attacks in Egypt to my attention. I am truthfully outraged yet I also question how people have the dignity to carry out with such unpleasant decisions. Sometimes it is even debatable whether they think about the consequences of their decisions and actions.

    The idea of men hiding in a nearby mountain ready to open fire reminds me of the parable the good Samaritan that was told by Jesus in the book of Luke. The story commences with “A man that was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine.” This is significant because no form of violence whether verbal, physical or emotional is acceptable. Events like these successfully demonstrate that no one in society is truly safe even when we are cautious.

    After, doing some research of my own I found an article called ” The violent attacks on religious sites in Israel are appalling” which explains that the church of multiplication was set up in flames on June eighteen of 2015. Although, these events occurred in different countries they possess various similarities. For example, in both occasions these attacks have potentially put people’s lives in grave danger. In addition, it is depressing how the harmony of a sacred place can be changed and corrupted. This is sad because church is oftentimes a safe haven where individuals can seek protection and comfort.

    Is the tourism site in Sanai sacred or cursed? I chose this title because safety is no longer guaranteed even inside places such as churches. Consequently, Individuals can even end up scared and scarred for life after encountering a situation of violence in place that should make feel at home and not in danger.


  2. Thank you Brianna for bringing this article to my attention. It is honestly awful that planned shootings and terrorism still continue to occur. Also, to think that ISIS is moving and approaching on religious sights claiming them as their own in my perspective is just horrible.
    Connection: It is sad to think that people in the Middle East live under the pressure of hiding their own religious views and cultures because of the radical groups that practically run their countries. This article just reminds of me of how grateful I am to live in America, a land with freedom and many privileges.
    Extend: Through conducting more research of other offensives that ISIS has committed on innocent lives, I have also found cases of beheadings and the slaughtering of people. These types of incidents are inhumane and go against all morals, but really the question that should be asked is, When will they cease to be a global issue?
    Challenge: “Religious sights are targeted by ISIS” would be the new headline to emphasize the specific case and hopefully it will attract the attention of a larger audience in order to gain more awareness for this issue.


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