Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi has defended the strategy his government has taken against the jihadists in restive Sinai Peninsula.
Militants linked to the Islamic State have vowed to continue attacking Christian saying they are the easiest ‘prey’
In their latest attacks in the region seven Christians were killed while dozens have fled after a string of attacks.
The Islamic State also known as the IS, through its local branch in the northern Sinai Peninsula, published a video last week in which it vowed to target the Christian community in Egypt.
But in response, President Sissi said these attacks are aimed at destabilizing the country, giving wrong impression that people are not adequately protected.
The Egyptian leader defended himself from abandoning the Copts, assuring that the army and police forces had been “mobilized” against the jihadists.
He described the military operation as a surgery saying and like a surgeon we wants to remove the danger without damaging the rest of the patient, Sissi said.
The Copts, who make up 10 percent of the 92 million Egyptians, have previously been targeted in Sinai, but the jihadist attacks have increased since the video was broadcast.
For example, in December 2016, the IS claimed responsibility of a suicide attack on a Coptic Orthodox church in Cairo, which killed 29 mainly, Christians.