On Sunday 19 February, Daesh [released] a video, declaring its intention to exterminate all Christians in Egypt.

On 11 December 2016, an attack on the Copt cathedral, Saint-Marc, had caused the death of 28 believers. The alleged kamikaze pilot, Abu Abdallah al-Masri (see photo), appeared in Daesh’s video.

Going forward, the Copts will form the most important Christian community in the Middle East.

Anoosha Boralessa