St. Catherine Monastery targeted by Isis


EGYPT – A group of terrorists believed to belong to the Islamic state attacked Egyptian security forces at the entrance of St. Catherine's Monastery in the south Sinai region of Egypt. The attack resulted in the killing of one police officer and injuring of four others. This is the latest attack in a series of incidents over the Easter periods targeting mainly Christian churches.
St. Catherine Monastery, a Greek Orthodox site, is one of the world's most important Christian sites.
It was founded in the 6th century and located at the foot of Mount Sinai, is one of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world and a UNESCO world heritage site. The Chapel of the Holy Bush is the most ancient shrine in the monastery, and it was around this site that the first community of Sinai anchorites gathered.
Egypt's tourism industry, a crucial source of hard currency, has suffered in the years of turmoil that followed the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, as well as from the suspected bombing of the Russian plane, which killed all 224 on board.