It has been a bloody weekend in Egypt. Two attacks carried out by terrorists affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood have claimed the lives of 31 people in Cairo, Egypt's capital. The first attack was on Friday, December 9th, near a security checkpoint on Al Haram St. This is the main road leading to the Great Pyramids of Giza. Since this area has high security, it is believed that the main target was law enforcement. Six police officers were killed by the car bomb, and three others were injured. It was called the deadliest attack in Egypt in years until today.

25 killed at Coptic Christian cathedral

Today at 10:00am local time, St. Peter's chapel in Cairo suffered an explosive attack. The death toll thus far is up to 25 people, reported to mostly be women and children. Those injured in this violent attack have been reported to be 49 and counting. This day marks the birthday of the Islamic Prophet Mohamed, which has left many Muslims shocked and confused by this display of violence.

St. Peter's chapel is part of a Coptic Christian cathedral complex. It is connected to St. Mark's cathedral, which is the headquarters for the Coptic Christian church and home to their leader, Pope Tawadros II. Coptic Christians are a minority in Egypt, making up only 10% of Egypt's population. Complaints of mistreatment and discrimination have been reported for many years. Back in February of this year, three teenagers were sentenced to five years in prison for insulting Islam. This mistreatment and denial of basic human rights seems to be coming from both the government and the terrorists.

Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood

In 2012, following the Egyptian Revolution that ended the 30-year reign of President Hosni Mubarak, Mohamed Morsi was elected to be Egypt's fifth president. His ties with the Muslim Brotherhood left many Egyptians unhappy and concerned for the welfare of their country. A second revolution, so large that it could be seen from space, demanded that Morsi be removed from power.

On the one year anniversary of his presidency, military commander Abdul Fattah al-Sisi executed a very successful coup d'etat. The military overthrew Morsi and imprisoned him and his supporters on accusations of treason, killing protestors, and many other deplorable crimes. His most recent trial in May 2015 found him guilty and sentenced him to death. This sentence has yet to be carried out due to the Court of Cassation filing for a retrial in November 2016.

A divided nation

With an increase in security presence and a severe crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and its associates, Egypt is now caught in a very precarious situation. The majority of the attacks between terrorist groups and the government have been contained to the Sinai region until now. Two lethal attacks in the capital city of Cairo within the short span of two days, brings the issue to the foreground.

President Sisi must now try to find a way to keep his citizens safe, while also playing what has turned out to be a very deadly game of politics.

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