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Islamic terrorists attack ancient Orthodox monastery in Egypt

April 19, 2017

One police officer was killed, and four men wounded, when Islamic terrorists attacked the ancient Greek Orthodox monastery of St. Catherine on Mount Sinai on April 18.

The exchange of gunfire occurred at a police checkpoint located a distance from the monastery, and the attackers—who were identified as affiliated with the Islamic State—were driven into retreat. A spokesman for the monastery said that the monks were never in danger, and suggested that the terrorists may have been aiming simply to overwhelm the police checkpoint.

St. Catherine’s monastery, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, houses a considerable collection of icons and ancient manuscripts. It is reputed to be the oldest active Christian monastery in the world.

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