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Cairo: An Egyptian military court recently sentenced 17 people to death over their involvement in the 2016 and 2017 bombings of three churches and a police checkpoint that killed more than 80 people, according to Ahram, an English language news site affiliated with state run daily Al-Ahram. 19 others were sentenced to life in prison for the attacks.  Coptic Christians face persecution and discrimination that has spiked since the toppling of Hosni Mubarak’s regime in 2011. Coptic churches and homes have been set on fire, members of the Coptic minority have been physically attacked and their property has been looted. There is also little Christian representation in Egypt’s government.