Egypt’s Muslims attend Coptic Christmas mass, serving as “human shields”Egypt's Muslims attend Coptic Christmas mass, serving as "human shields". In the days following the brutal attack on Saints Church in Alexandria, which left 21 dead on New Year’ eve, solidarity between Muslims and Copts saw an unprecedented peak. Millions of Egyptians changed their Facebook profile pictures to the image of a cross within a crescent – the symbol of an “Egypt for All”. Around the city, banners went up calling for unity, and depicting mosques and churches, crosses and crescents, together as one.
And on the 7th of January, Coptic Christmas eve, thousands of Muslims showed up at Christmas eve mass services in churches around the country and at candle light vigils held outside.