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Qatar has “strongly condemned” a crime in Egypt yesterday in which gunmen killed 28 Christian pilgrims, including 10 children.

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Qatar rejects “violence and terrorism regardless of its source and whatever its motives and reasons.”

The ministry also expressed its condolences to the families of the victims and “the brotherly Egyptian people.”

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks yet, which also left at least dozen people injured.

But Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi ordered air strikes on camps in Libya, which are thought to be where the gunmen trained.

“Egypt will never hesitate to strike terror camps anywhere … if it plans attacking Egypt whether inside or outside the country,” Sisi said, according to Al Jazeera.

Qatar reactions

In Qatar, the Sheraton Doha lit up in solidarity with Egypt last night.

And many residents also expressed their condolences to the victims of the shooting, which comes just ahead of Ramadan.

This is not the first time Egypt’s Christians have come under attack in recent months. The minority group was also the target of two suicide bombings in April during Palm Sunday.

ISIL claimed responsibility for those attacks, as well as a December bombing of a cathedral in Cairo that killed at least 25 people.

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Report: Egypt pays back $1 billion loan from Qatar

Egypt has returned a $1 billion deposit from Qatar that helped the country through the turmoil of the 2011 revolution, Reuters reports.

It cited the governor of Egypt’s central bank as saying “Yes, definitely” when asked if the debt had been repaid. Egyptian’s state news agency said it is now no longer owes Qatar any more money, the newswire added.

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Qatar’s Ministry of Foreigns Affairs has condemned an Egyptian court for naming the Gulf state in an espionage ruling, and for upholding a death penalty sentence for two former Al Jazeera employees.

Alaa Omar Mohammed Sablan and former director of news of Al Jazeera’s Arabic channel Ibrahim Mohamed Helal, were first sentenced in absentia in May along with four other people for allegedly leaking state secrets to Qatar.

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi

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Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi

The court also sentenced former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and two of his aides to 25 years in prison on charges of handing national security documents to Qatar in exchange for US$1 million.

The deposed leader is already facing the death penalty on other charges, Al Jazeera reports.

In a statement, Qatar’s foreign ministry said:

“The verdict is unfounded, goes against truth and contains misleading claims which are contrary to the policy of the State of Qatar towards all sister countries, including Egypt. The charge of espionage for Qatar against a former president and media men is surprising and unacceptable.”

‘Failure’

The Al Jazeera Media Network has also condemned the verdict, with acting director-general Dr. Mostefa Souag calling the sentence “an entire failure for the justice and court system in Egypt – a country classified as one of the most dangerous places for journalists to work in.”

He added:

“This sentence is only one of many politicized sentences that target Al Jazeera and its employees. They are illogical convictions and legally baseless. Al Jazeera strongly denounces targeting its journalists and stands by the other journalists who have also been sentenced.”

Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, was overthrown in July 2013. Egypt’s new military rulers outlawed the group and cracked down on its advocates.

Since then, relations between Qatar and Egypt have soured, due to Qatar’s support of the group.

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