The World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit condemned an attack on a bus in Egypt carrying tourists on Friday near the Giza Pyramids, killing four Vietnamese tourists and their Egyptian guide. The blast wounded 11 other Vietnamese tourists as well as the Egyptian driver.
Tveit offered “heartfelt condolences to the people who lost family members and friends.”
“It is shocking that this attack was directed against people who were on a pilgrimage of culture, and that this attack comes on the heels of ongoing violence,” Tveit said.
Tveit added, “In the face of this brutality, the human family, all people of faith and of good will, must stand together to recommit to respecting and caring for one another, to protecting one another, and to preventing such violence."
The World Council of Churches appeals to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt, to religious leaders and to governments across the region “ to being called to justice to ensure security in the face of violence and to guarantee justice for all people.“
Tveit called for prayers, urging the WCC fellowship and others across the world to remain steadfast in their quest for peace and justice to all people.
“Through prayer, action and unity, we can bring a powerful force of love in the wake of terror and violence,” he said.