Egypt police boost security ahead of Coptic Christmas

Plain clothes officers and counter-terrorism specialists will be on the streets near churches during the Coptic Christmas.

Egypt police boost security ahead of Coptic Christmas

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egyptian police deployed at churches across the country with orders to use live ammunition to protect Coptic Christians over their Christmas holiday. 

Five to 10 police officers will be deployed to each church, where they will set up cordons to prevent cars from parking along the perimeter, sources said.

Plain clothes officers and counter-terrorism specialists will be on the streets near churches, along with "combat units" on roving patrols. Bigger teams will be deployed to the country's largest churches.

"If police confirm there is a presence of any terrorist elements, they will use live rounds," an Interior Ministry official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Interim head of state Adly Mansour visited the pope on Sunday ahead of Tuesday's Christmas holiday, a gesture of symbolic importance that could help bolster Christian support for the army-backed roadmap ahead of a Jan. 14-15 referendum on a new constitution.

Pope Tawadros supported army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's overthrow of Morsi, and appeared with a top Muslim cleric and others when the general announced Morsi's removal on July 3.

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