300+ Dead in Mosque Shooting In Egypt


Priscila Chavez, Reporter

Remember when people always said violence is never the answer? Well now that everytime you turn on the tv to watch the news it seems like it’s all that’s happening around the world now. In today’s world you never know what kinda stuff is happening, whether it’d be another shooting or another surprise terrorist attack.

     On Friday, Nov 24 one of the deadliest terrorists attacks on the country’s soil occurred when a armed fire shooting happened at Al Rawda Mosque in Egypt. It started off by 25-30 militants who arrived at the mosque in five all terrain vans, and torched seven cars that belonged to the worshipers that had parked their cars outside the mosque. Eyewitnesses said that the wore masks and army like uniforms while performing their deadly job with about a hundred people injured, 305 people dead including 27 children.

     “There should be gun control all over the world to prevent atrocities like this,” said Cynthia Oyervides (‘18).

     Saturday the egyptian government put the blame on ISIS, citing eyewitnesses who saw the infamous white and black flag wielding attackers. Since the attack, the egyptian military has carried out multiple airstrikes on bases it says are used by ISIS militants in the restive North Sinai region. Victims were taken to the Beir El-Abd hospital which is between 25 to 30 miles  away from the mosque and more urgent victims were sent to a different hospital in Ismailia which is about 75 miles away. Another witness said that there was a woman waiting outside for her husband and and young child to finish up praying she later came in to find them both dead laying next to each other. People also stood outside the local hospitals ready to donate blood.

     “It’s sad to see that so many innocent people die while they were praying,” said Mariana Cardoso (‘19).

     The Egyptian president, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi vowed that the attack “will not go unpunished” and on Saturday he ordered that a mausoleum be built in memory of the victims and cancelled a planned visit for next week to the Gulf Sultanate. U.S. President Donald Trump took to social media via Twitter to say that it was a “horribly and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenseless worshippers.” Trump also announced that he would plan to call the Egyptian president to discuss the attack. Also, Paris showed their support by tributing to the victims by shutting off the lights of the Eiffel Tower.