World Leaders Condemn Egyptian Mosque Massacre
World leaders responded with strong condemnation of “the horrific and criminal terrorist attack” at the El-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abd, near El-Arish, in which Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists massacred 305 Muslim worshipers, including 27 children, during Friday prayers.
The attack occurred in Bir al-Abed, a town in North Sinai province, shortly after Friday prayers. The mosque is frequented by Sufi Muslims, a mystic school of Islam that militants consider to be heretic. Egypt’s military says warplanes have struck several vehicles used in the attack, destroying them and killing all terrorists inside.
Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu office issued this statement: “Terrorism will be defeated even more quickly if all countries work against it together. Israel sends condolences on behalf of the people of Israel to President [Abdel Fattah] el-Sisi, the Egyptian people and the families of the victims. Israel sends its best wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured.”
Survivors of the horrendous attack described intense gunfire ringing out as blasts and children screaming while their parents were mowed down shook the mosque. A stampede occurred as people rushed for an exit, while others tried desperately to force their way out of windows.
They say the terrorists arrived in five SUVs and took positions across from the mosque’s door and windows. Just as the Imam was about to deliver his Friday sermon from atop the pulpit, they opened fire and tossed grenades at the estimated 500 worshippers inside.
This was the deadliest attack by Islamic terrorists in the modern history of Egypt. The attack served as a grim milestone in a long-running fight against an insurgency led by a local ISIS affiliate.
Source: United with Israel Staff and AP
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