File Photo: Coptic Pope Tawadros II, head of Coptic Orthodox church (Photo: Reuters)
The Coptic Orthodox Church has said it supports a new counter-terrorism operation by the Egyptian military and police to "defeat terrorism in all parts of the country."
In a short statement, the Church, headed by Pope Tawadros II, declared its solidarity and support for the "comprehensive battle" of the Egyptian armed forces and the patriotic police that aims at purging "the forces of terrorism" all over the country, in accordance with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's directives.
On Friday morning, the Egyptian armed forces launched the Operation Sinai 2018 in north and central Sinai and other parts of the country.
"History will record the sacrifices of Egypt's brave army and police, who sacrifice their lives for the sake of the country's stability; long live Egypt's unity," read the statement.