Coptic Christians in Israel after decades

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Air Sinai has launched a new route to shuttle Coptic Christians
between Egypt and Israel, allowing pilgrims to visit their most holy
sites for the first time in decades. The development comes in the wake
of the death of Patriarch Shenouda III, the head of the Egyptian
Coptic Orthodox Church, who for decades prohibited Copts from
traveling to Jerusalem and other sites due to the "Israeli
occupation." According to sources at Cairo International Airport, 208
Coptic Christians arrived in Israel on Friday, and were expected to
visit Christian holy sites ahead of Easter, celebrated on April 15. 

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