Having promised to investigate thoroughly the attacks on al-Qidiseen Church in Alexandria, the Egyptian government needs to decide whether any actions or failures on the part of Major-General Adel Aly Labib, who has been Governor of Alexandria since 2006, and the Minister of the Interior, General Habib Ibrahim El Adly, contributed in any respect to this tragedy. The Governor claimed that the attack had nothing to do with sectarianism, but it should be noted that:
Where was the heightened security ? What checks were being made on those entering or loitering near the church ?
Why were these demonstrations permitted, when a demonstration by Copts at Omrania in Giza was dispersed with live ammunition and showed security forces throwing stones at Coptic demonstrators ? Why have anti-Coptic demonstrations been permitted since the attack ?
If national unity is the government’s aim, why are mosques allowed to routinely broadcast anti-Christian propaganda;
Can promises to protect Copts and the churches be taken seriously when security is so lax, yet the Security forces always appear in large numbers in response to Coptic demonstrations ?
As the attack was specifically aimed at the church and timed to coincide with worshippers leaving, how can the Governor seriously claim that the attack was aimed at Muslims and Christians alike ?
Why were the Security forces not more pro-active in preventing the attack, assisting the victims rather than appearing to be partisan in their handling of such outbursts of outrage by the Copts ?
How is it possible now to exercise such tight security over hospital visits when nothing of the sort was put in place at the church ?