Egypt celebrates easter amid tightened security

Added On April 18, 2017

In many countries Easter is a festive occasion celebrated with colorful chocolate eggs and visits by the Easter bunny.
But this year, Egyptian Coptic Christians celebrated Easter Eve Mass in a more sombre manner, following the brutal attacks on two churches in Egypt's Tanta and Alexandria on April 9th.
In Alexandria's St. Mark's Cathedral, where the explosion happened a week ago, hundreds of Egyptian Coptic Christians gathered for Easter services.
Egyptian authorities tightened local security and those who had arrived for Mass were asked to pass through security door.  
All vehicles were ordered to park 400 meters away from the church. 
After two church bombings left scores dead and injured, Egypt heightened security measures in important institutions all over Egypt, particularly churches.
Egypt's Interior Minister Magdy Abdel-Ghafar held several high-level meetings to discuss church security. New measures include body searches at the entrance and combing churches for explosive devices. 
The proposal also states an exclusion zone of 400 hundred meters around every church should be free of vehicles.
The Egyptian government announced a state of emergency after two suicide bombings hit Mar Girgis church in Tanta and St. Mark's Cathedral in Alexandria on Palm Sunday, killing 46 and injuring dozens.