23 January 2011
The New Year Eve bombing at the Church of the Saints in Alexandria had left more than 23 dead and some 90 injured. Among the injured, 11 were dismissed from hospital last Thursday after getting the necessary treatment.
Seven of the severely injured—mostly suffering from various burns, fractures, and embedded shrapnel—were moved to Germany for treatment last week, while an eighth victim, Samuel Girgis, was moved to England. The Austrian president Heinz Fischer invited two others to Austria for treatment at his own expense.
The most recent to be identified among those who died in the bombing was 56-year-old Zahia Fawzi. Fawzi’s family had reported her missing but she could not be identified among the body parts of the dead. DNA testing finally revealed who she was.
Her son William Makram and her sister said Janet Fawzi expressed their relief at finally confirming her destiny. Her remains were buried at the collective grave built for the martyrs at St Mina Monastery 70km southwest Alexandria.
“Our family lost three members to the bombing,” said Janet Fawzi. “A fourth member is among the seriously wounded and has been moved to Germany.”