Hundreds of Egyptians from the village of Aour and neighboring village of Minya gathered on Monday to receive the remains of 20 Egyptian copts killed by ISIS in Libya in the year 2015.
A shrine has been built for the victims inside the Church of Shuhadaa al-Watan W al-Eman in the village, to commemorate them. They carried a picture of each victim to be placed at their burial site, while prayers were held in the presence of senior priests and parents.
The families of victims were grateful for the persistent efforts made by President Abdelfattah el-Sisi, the state authorities and the Church to bring back the bodies of their family members after after they had lost hope of burying them with their own hands.
Eileen Ibrahim, mother of one of the victims, said she is happy the body was retrieved but it does not make her pain and grave loss any better. Family members who spoke to Al Arabiya said they would trade places with their sons who lost their lives at the hands of ISIS. Their village is now referred to as “Martyer’s village” after their death.
Earlier, an Egyptian official at Cairo airport announced the arrival of the remains of Egyptian Copts who were killed in February 2015 near Sirte, the former stronghold of the organization in Libya.
The Pope of Alexandria, Coptic Patriarch Tawadros II was present at Cairo airport to receive the bodies that were transferred from Misrata. Dr Osman al-Zantani said that the identification of the bodies was not easy because of decomposition. Authorities at Cairo International Airport announced, on Monday, a state of emergency in preparation for receiving the remains of the victims of terror.