Twenty-five police were killed Monday after militants in Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula ambushed their minibuses and shot them, execution-style.
The attack was among the deadliest in the region since 2011 and is part of the ongoing and escalating violence in Egypt from the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, USA Today reported.
"What I can say about the future is that violence will not disappear anytime soon," said Egypt expert Khalil Al-Anani in USA Today. "We should expect a new cycle of violence — religious, political and social violence and sectarian violence."
Already, at least 900 have been killed in clashes between Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi supporters and Egypt's military and government forces in just the past week. Mr. Morsi was tossed from office in a military coup on July 3. The United States is still not labeling the ouster a coup; doing so would mean Congress would have to put a halt to financial aid to the rebel forces.
Caught up in the continuing violence have been Christian sites and churches. Several have come under attack since Wednesday, USA Today reported.
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