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International – Egypt atrocity

January 2018

Officers of the UK all-party parliamentary group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief (IFRB) have slammed the terrorist attacks on a mosque in Egypt.

Late in November 2017, it was announced that more than 300 people have died, with many wounded, following the attack on the mosque in Egypt’s North Sinai province.

According to local police, men in four off-road vehicles opened fire on worshippers attending Friday prayers at the al-Rawda mosque. They then detonated several explosive devices. This attack is a gross violation of the right to Freedom of Religion or Belief, which is enshrined in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In a statement, the IFRB group said: ‘Any violence against innocent civilians is unacceptable, and it is horrifying to see people killed for simply practising their beliefs in peace. It is unclear who is behind the attack, but we urge the UK government to work with their Egyptian counterparts to bring the assailants to justice. We also ask all governments to protect those who are discriminated against or attacked because of their religion or belief’.

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