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People search through debris after an explosion hit Saint Mark's Cathedral in the coastal city of Alexandria, the historic seat of Christendom in Egypt, Sunday, April 9, 2017, killing several people, just after Pope Tawadros II finished services. Bombs tore through two Egyptian churches in different cities as worshippers were marking Palm Sunday, both claimed by the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Hazem Gouda)

Israel shut down a border crossing with Egypt after reports of an 'imminent' terror attack


UPDATE April 10, 6:31 a.m. EST:

Israel shut down the Taba border crossing to Egypt on Monday after a warning from its anti-terrorism office of an "imminent" terrorist attack there. 

Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said there was intelligence regarding a potential attack on tourists in the Sinai peninsula. The crossing remains open for those wanting to return to Israel from Egypt. The area is typically very popular with Israelis during the Passover holiday.

UPDATE 3:29 p.m. EST:

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi declared a three-month state of emergency Sunday following deadly bombings on two churches, according to the BBC

UPDATE 11:26 a.m. EST: President Trump condemned the deadly attacks on Twitter.

He met with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi last week.

UPDATE 9:14 a.m. EST:

ISIS claimed responsibility for the bombings that killed at least 37 people in two churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday, Fox News reports.

An attack in Tanta killed 26 people, and an attack in Alexandria killed 11 more. 

UPDATE  8:23 a.m. EST:

The explosion in the Alexandria church, the second to hit an Egyptian church Sunday morning, killed 11 people and injured at least 35 others, Egypt's Health Ministry said. Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Church had celebrated Palm Sunday there earlier that day.

No one has claimed this attack either. However, in December, ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack on a Cairo church and vowed more attacks on Christians. 

ORIGINAL STORY: A bomb exploded in a church near Cairo, Egypt on Sunday, killing at least 26 people and wounding at least 71 others, according to officials.

The attack in Tanta was the latest assault on Egypt's Christian minority, which is about 10 percent of the nation's population. Pope Francis is due to visit Egypt in just a few weeks. 

Another bombing in a Coptic church in Alexandria also caused casualties, CNN reported.  The head of the Coptic Church had celebrated at the Alexandria church earlier Sunday.

Israel shut down a border crossing with Egypt after reports of an 'imminent' terror attack

WATCH | Here's the moment the explosion hit as churchgoers were singing hymns. 

Officials reported a second explosion in Alexandria shortly after the initial bombing.

Grand Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, head of the leading center of Sunni Islam learning, decried the incident as a "despicable terrorist bombing that targeted the lives of innocents." Pope Francis offered his condolences to the victims as well. 

French President Francois Hollande also decried the attack and said France stood in solidarity with Egypt.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place on Palm Sunday, a Christian holiday that marks the beginning of Holy Week that culminates in Easter.

Nearby mosques were converted into first-aid centers for victims.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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