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The beleaguered government, currently in the midst of a chaotic civil war with Islamic factions, has condemned Egypt's actions, claiming the strike was an attack on the country's sovereignty. Egyptian Copts form the largest Christian community in the Middle East, accounting for an estimated 10 per cent of the population. The majority belong to the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, which according to tradition was established by Saint Mark in the 1st Century, approximately AD 42, while the remainder are divided between the Coptic Catholic church and various (smaller) Coptic Protestant churches.Despite originating in Egypt, the religion has a worldwide following, with populations of Coptic Christians existing in the United States and Britain, as well some African nations, such as Sudan. The video, titled 'A message signed in blood to the people of the cross', makes reference to the "hostile Egyptian Church". D., making it one of the five oldest Christian churches in the world.

In the early 19th century their position improved dramatically under the stable rule of Muhammad Ali, however, the situation went south (again) in 1952 when Gasser Abdel Nasser came to power. By this point the Copts were one of the most economically powerful groups in Egypt, but this did not prevent Nasser undermining their religion (by closing religious courts, delaying church constructions and confiscating land and Church properties).

The Coptic Orthodox Church continues to hold talks with the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church on matters of theology and church unity.(Sources: Saint George Coptic Orthodox Church, Coptic Orthodox Church Diocese of Los Angeles, and Coptic Orthodox Church Network)Jack Zavada, a career writer, and contributor for is host to a Christian website for singles.

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The latest video purportedly released by the terror organisation Isis claims to show the execution of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya.

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