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Egyptian priests react during the funeral of victims of the Palm Sunday bombings, at St. Mina Coptic Orthodox Monastery “Deir Mar Mina” in Alexandria, Egypt April 10, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Cairo –Countries around the world continued to condemn the twin bombings of Coptic churches in Egypt that left at least 40 people dead and injured over 100. Bahrain, UAE, Oman, Turkey, Iran, Cyprus and many others sent their condolences and support to Egyptian President Abdul Fattah el-Sisi.

President Sisi received a phone call from King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa during which the king condemned the two terrorist bombings that targeted Saint George church in Tanta and the Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria.

The King reiterated Bahrain’s support to Egypt and its backing of all measures taken to maintain its security and stability.

The Egyptian President thanked the King for his fraternal feelings, lauding Bahrain’s honorable stances towards Egypt and its people which reflect solid brotherly relations between both countries and peoples.

Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said also sent a cable of condolences to Sisi expressing his sincere condolences and sympathy to families of the victims and praying to the injured.

“Allah the Almighty to protect the brotherly Egyptian people against all harms, wishing the injured a speedy recovery,” said Sultan Qaboos in his cable.

The Secretariat General of the Senior Scholars (Ulema) Commission expressed in the strongest words its condemnation of the two explosions.

In a statement, the Secretariat General of the Senior Ulema Commission confirmed that the two terrorist explosions are criminal works legally and religiously tabooed upon the consensus of all Muslims as they violate the well-known forbidden acts according to Islamic Sharia, including the breach of innocent and naturally-safeguarded souls, legally-owned money, security, stability and lives of people, their homes and their worshipping places.

“In addition to that, this act also breached other taboos as its includes some betrayal, treason, attack, aggression, heinous guilt and terrifying of innocents, all considered unacceptable ugly acts, which the prophet (pbuh) was rejecting,” said the secretariat.

The statement pointed that terrorism and corruption on earth are evils necessitating cooperation to root them out and eradicate them as many countries and societies have suffered from their repercussions in different degrees, topped by the Islamic countries, noting that terrorism is not identified by home or race or religion or sect or time or place and that the feelings of all people are together rejecting it and denying its doers.

The Secretariat said Muslims are standing with the whole world in denouncing and condemning it.
Making this clear, the Secretariat General announced that Islam is categorically innocent from such acts and has no relation with its doers as this behavior comes out from followers of deviated thought and belief and they are to be held responsible.

Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt Ahmed Abu Zeid said that the FM Sameh Shoukri received several calls of condolences from foreign ministers of UAE, Cyprus, Iran, and Turkey, as well as Palestinian Authority chief negotiator Saeb Erekat and Nasser Judeh, Jordan’s former foreign minister.