Jacob Wirtschafter is a correspondent with Associated Reporters Abroad based in Israel.
Copts, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s population, have seen increasing violence against them since 2013.
An Iraqi-British team hopes to excavate an ancient Assyrian palace found under the demolished shrine, which local authorities are eager to restore.
Some members of the 2,000-year-old church worry that the veneration of those martyred by militants goes too far.
The push is in line with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s attempts to emphasize Egypt’s diversity in response to attacks on minority groups.
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