The St. Catherine Cathedral in Sinai was established in 565 A.D. as a Greek Orthodox church and is one of the oldest in the world.
Daesh claims that it was an armed confrontation rather than a suicide bombing. It is not clear whether the violence was the result of a blast or a shooting.
Egypt recently declared a state of emergency prior to a visit by Pope Francis in the wake of attacks conducted against churches in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria. Daesh claimed responsibility for the attacks that killed dozens.
— Julie Lenarz (@MsJulieLenarz) April 18, 2017