Robert Menendez also raised concerns about Hassan's imprisonment in a face-to-face meeting with Egyptian leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi during his visit to Washington, D. earlier this month, said his spokesman Steven Sandberg. 1 in Egypt after he spoke out while police were arresting his relatives on a zoning violation.
But, privately, he raised the issue with el-Sissi and helped secure the release of Aya Hijazi, an aid worker from Virginia, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Friday.
“Given the current circumstances and our solidarity with the families of the dead, we are going to limit our celebrations to Easter Mass,” a statement from the church said.
The church won’t put up any decorations or open the room where the congregation usually gathers to exchange greetings.
Minya is home to the country’s highest Coptic population.
The deadly explosions in two Coptic churches in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria happened as the Christians gathered for Palm Sunday mass, despite some security presence.
A day earlier on Tuesday, the Coptic diocese in the southern town of Minya announced it would limit its Easter celebrations to liturgical prayers.
EGYPT: ISIS bombed two churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday. George Church in Tanta, killing at least 27 people and injuring 78.
Ten days ago, a bomb was discovered and dismantled at the church. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria, with the Coptic pope leading the Palm Sunday service, killing at least 44 and injuring scores. The number of leading Democrats supporting President Donald Trump’s decision to strike government forces in Syria is remarkable.
On Sunday, a court dropped charges against Hijazi, who had spent nearly three years in jail for child-abuse and sex trafficking charges that human rights observers said were based on flimsy evidence. But it does ring hollow if we forget about people like Ahmed and 19 other Americans in these prisons," said Praveen Madhiraju, a pro bono lawyer with the organization Pretrial Rights International who is representing Ahmed.
Trump met with Hijazi at the White House Friday and Ivanka Trump tweeted a picture of herself with the freed charity worker and the words "Welcome home, Aya! The family was dealt a blow on Thursday when a judge postponed a hearing for Ahmed.