December 2016: Coptic Christians Targeted in Cairo
Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
Here's a slideshow depicting the major world news events of December 2016.
1. French President Hollande Won't Seek Reelection 2. Sexual Abuse Scandal Strikes English Soccer 3. Italian Prime Minister Renzi Resigns 4. South Korean Lawmakers Vote to Impeach President Park 5. Kurdish Militants Kill Dozens in Istanbul 6. ISIS Recaptures Palmyra 7. Coptic Christians Targeted in Cairo 8. Boeing Lands First Post-Sanctions Deal with Iran 9. Canadian Actor Alan Thicke Dies 10. Aleppo Back in Government Hands 11. Russian Ambassador Assassinated in Turkey 12. ISIS Strikes Christmas Market in Berlin 13. IMF Head Christine Lagarde Found Guilty 14. Explosions Level Mexican Fireworks Market 15. Singer George Michael Dies 16. New Syrian Cease-Fire
- Coptic Christians Targeted in Cairo
- On Dec. 11, 2016, the eve of the the Islamic prophet Muhammad’s birth, a bomb goes off outside of a chapel in Cairo, Egypt during Sunday Mass for the Coptic Christians. The bomb kills 25 worshippers and wounds 49. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi reiterates his promise to ease religious tension throughout the country; in 2013, as a general, he overthrew the Islamist government. Christians in Egypt have never had an easy or danger-free life, but the situation has improved since 2013. Coptic Christians are thought to make up about 15% of Egypt’s population of 89 million.
- Photo source: AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty