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Thousands of Coptic Christians have defied threats to their church by attending midnight mass in Egypt.

For Copts, Friday marks Christmas Day - exactly a week after the bomb blast in Alexandria that killed 23 people.

The attack exposed the vulnerability of Christians in Egypt and prompted soul-searching across the nation, Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh reports from Cairo.

For many, what happened in Alexandria was not an isolated security incident. The community says it is symptomatic of wider political failures that have exacerbated the plight of the Coptic in Egypt.

Source: Al Jazeera