Police intervene in Upper Egyptian village after Copt is killed

Sectarian fight in a village in Minya leaves one Coptic man dead

Police forces have on Friday evening cordonned off a village in Upper Egypt’s Minya governorate after a Copt was shot dead in a fight with Muslims, according to the Anadolu Turkish news agency.


The victim, Magdy Mounir, was killed during a fight in Deir Pasha village during sectarian tensions which erupted after unknown individuals erased a picture of an imam off a poster titled “Hand in Hand”.

The poster was produced by an anti-sectarian NGO displaying an imam and priest locking arms to signify national unity.

Egypt has been witnessing a rise in sectarian attacks on Copts in recent years.

The most recent sectarian attack involved a mob assault on the Saint Mark Cathedral in Cairo’s Abbasiya in April during a funeral for 4 Copts killed in sectarian clashes in Upper Egypt.

Police also fired teargas at the church complex during the attack, stirring the anger of many Copts.



CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International has called on Egyptian authorities to release a Coptic Christian schoolteacher held for contempt of Islam.

The rights group on Friday denounced the detention of 24-year-old Dimiana Abdel-Nour, a social studies teacher in a southern village near the famed city of Luxor. She was accused by some students of allegedly showing contempt while talking about Islam in class last month.

Luxor prosecutor issued an arrest warrant against Abdel-Nour this week over allegations of proselytizing and of “defamation of religion.” A court is scheduled to look into her detention on Saturday.

Amnesty’s Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui says it’s “outrageous that a teacher finds herself behind bars for teaching a class” and that if Abdel-Nour had made a “professional mistake or deviated from the curriculum, an internal review would have sufficed.”


Christians in Egyptian Town Threatened With Violence Over Missing Muslim Girl


By Mary Abdelmassih 

(AINA) -- A deadline given by a Muslim family, with support of most Muslims in the area, to all of the Christian Coptic inhabitants of the town of El-Wasta, 90 kilometers south of Cairo, expired today. The Muslim family had given an ultimatum regarding a Muslim girl who disappeared at the end of February, and threatened violent reprisal if the girl was not returned by today.

Fliers were distributed yesterday throughout the town by Muslims, who vowed violence. Muslims visited Coptic businesses and warned them not to open today otherwise they would be torched. Today Copts disregarded this ultimatum and opened their businesses as usual.

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Egyptian doctors 'ordered to operate on protesters without anaesthetic'

Exclusive: Leaked presidential report recommends an investigation into the highest echelons of the army leadership

Egyptian anti-military protesters evacuate a demonstrator

Egyptian anti-military protesters evacuate a demonstrator after he was wounded during clashes in the Abbassiya district of Cairo in May 2012. Photograph: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images

Senior Egyptian army doctors were ordered to operate without anaesthetic on wounded protesters at a military hospital in Cairo during protests against military rule, according to an investigation commissioned by president Mohamed Morsi. The report into military and police malpractice since 2011 also alleges that doctors, soldiers and medics assaulted protesters inside the hospital.

Daily News Egypt 

Four Copts arrested for complicity in Cathedral clashes

Arrests believed to be related to reconciliation meeting between Muslims and Christians

Two men try to put out their burning clothes after they were attacked by unidentified individuals outside the St Mark's Cathedral on April 7 (AFP Photo)

Two men try to put out their burning clothes after they were attacked by unidentified individuals outside the St Mark’s Cathedral on April 7
(AFP Photo)

At least four Coptic activists were arrested on Friday dawn for complicity in St. Mark’s Cathedral clashes which erupted outside the cathedral on Sunday as Coptic families were preparing a funeral procession for those who were killed in Al-Khasous the day before.

The Coptic Maspero Youth Union announced that Michael Morqos was arrested on Friday alongside three other activists. The union condemned his arrest, calling it an escalation against Coptic youth and likening it to Mubarak’s violations against Copts where “the violator is free and the victim gets jailed and humiliated”.


Cairo clashes at St Mark's Coptic Cathedral after funerals

One person was reported to have died in the clashes

 Aleem Maqbool BBC News, Cairo

One person has been killed in clashes outside Cairo's main cathedral following the funerals of four Coptic Christians killed in religious violence on Thursday.

Mourners leaving St Mark's Cathedral clashed with local residents.

Police fired tear gas to break up the violence. More than 80 people were injured, the state news agency said.

The health ministry said one Christian man was killed. The ambulance service said he was struck with birdshot.

Mourners inside the church had earlier chanted slogans against Egypt's Islamist President, Mohammed Morsi.

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Christian Killed in Attack on Coptic Mourners in Egypt

Rocks, fire bombs, gunfire greet mourners leaving funeral of four slain Christians.

By Our Middle East Correspondent


CAIRO, Egypt, April 7, 2013 (Morning Star News) – Coptic Christians attending a funeral service here today for four Copts killed two days earlier in an anti-Christian rampage were in turn attacked themselves by at least 200 Muslim rioters.

The incident, which started with a few dozen men pelting the mourners with stones, quickly escalated into a massive attack against Christians at St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in the Abbassia area of Cairo involving firearms, flash-bang grenades, tear gas, fire bombs and other improvised weapons, besides cars set ablaze.

A Morning Star News reporter observed that police took more than an hour to respond, and when they arrived, they did nothing to stop the attack. Instead, most stood and watched men throw rocks at the Christians gathered at the gates of the cathedral compound or hurl stones over walls at the Christians trapped inside.


Muslims Attack Christian Funeral in Egypt, 1 Killed, 23 Injured

By Mary Abdelmassih

(AINA) -- Thousands of Copts attended the funeral service held today at St Mark Cathedral in Cairo for the Coptic victims killed by Muslims on April 4 and 5 in al-Khosous, Qaliubiya (AINA 4-6-2013). The service was attended by Christians from all denominations as well as Muslims.

Priests holding the service were unable to calm the Copts and at several times the service was interrupted by the wailing of the mothers of the victims, protests by angry Copts demanding retribution, and chants saying "no to the persecution and killing of Copts." Political chants dominated the scene, demanding President Morsi to "Go Away," and banners holding him responsible for the killing of Copts in al-Khosous were displayed.

After the funeral services ended, as coffins and attendants were leaving the cathedral, unidentified persons fired shots in front of the cathedral. It was reported that clashes took place between Copts coming out of the Cathedral and Muslims in the area, and that Muslims were on roof tops of neighboring buildings firing at them (video).


Thousands at Egypt Copt funeral prayers after clashes

CAIRO — Thousands of people packed Cairo's main cathedral on Sunday for the funeral prayers of four Coptic Christians killed in sectarian clashes.

"Down, down with Brotherhood rule," the congregation chanted in reference to the ruling Muslim Brotherhood of President Mohamed Morsi.

"Leave!" they chanted as they held up wooden crosses, television footage showed.

One Muslim was also killed in the clashes which flared on Friday night in Al-Khusus, a poor area in Qalyubia governorate, after a Muslim in his 50s objected to children drawing a swastika on a religious institute.


10 Christians, 1 Muslim Killed in Sectarian Clashes in Egypt

By Mary Abdelmassih

Cairo (AINA) -- Clashes between Muslims and Christians erupted yesterday in the Al-Khosous district of Qaliubia province. According to reports, ten Coptic Christians and one Muslim were killed. The violence broke out after swastikas were drawn on the side of a mosque wall. The Muslims claimed the swastikas were drawn by Christian children, but the Qaliubia security forces manager, Mohamad Yousry , said it was two Muslim children who drew the swastikas and that the mosque Imam chided them. But some Christians and Muslims got involved in the incident and it escalated from there. He added that rumors of Christians drawing crosses on the mosque's walls were circulated by Muslims.

5 killed in clashes between Muslims, Christians in Egypt near Cairo

By Associated Press,

Mohammed Nouhan, El Shorouk Newspaper/ Associated Press ) - Onlookers gather at the house of Egyptian Christian, Samir Iskandar which was burned during clashes between Muslims and Christians in Qalubiya, just outside Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 6, 2013. Several Egyptians including 4 Christians and a Muslim were killed in sectarian clashes before dawn on Saturday, security officials said.

CAIRO — Clashes between Egyptian Muslims and Christians erupted early Saturday in a town near Cairo, leaving at least five people dead, security officials said.

Investigators said they were waiting for autopsy reports to confirm how the men — four Christians and a Muslim — were killed in the small town of Khosoos, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of the capital.


Kidnappers target Christians in Egyptian province


The Associated Press


MATAI, Egypt (AP) - Ezzat Kromer's resistance to his kidnappers did not last long. One of the masked gunmen fired a round between his feet as he sat behind the wheel of his car and said with chilling calm, "The next one will go into your heart."

The Christian gynecologist says he was bundled into his abductors' vehicle, forced to lie under their feet in the back seat for a 45-minute ride, then dumped in a small cold room while his kidnappers contacted his family over a ransom.

For the next 27 hours, he endured beatings, insults and threats to his life, while blindfolded, a bandage sealing his mouth and cotton balls in his ears.

Kromer's case is part of a dramatic rise of kidnappings targeting Christians, including children, in Egypt's southern province of Minya, home to the country's largest concentration of Christians but also a heartland for Islamist hard-liners.


Egyptian mosque turned into house of torture for Christians after Muslim Brotherhood protest


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    Amir Ayad lies in a hospital bed after he was allegedly beaten by Islamic hardliners who stormed a mosque in suburban Cairo. (MidEast Christian News

Islamic hard-liners stormed a mosque in suburban Cairo, turning it into torture chamber for Christians who had been demonstrating against the ruling Muslim Brotherhood in the latest case of violent persecution that experts fear will only get worse.

Such stories have become increasingly common as tensions between Egypt’s Muslims and Copts mount, but in the latest case, mosque officials corroborated much of the account and even filed a police report. Demonstrators, some of whom were Muslim, say they were taken from the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in suburban Cairo to a nearby mosque on Friday and tortured for hours by hard-line militia members.


“There is no longer anything to hold them back. The floodgates are open.”

عضو باتحاد "ماسبيرو": الناشط القبطي أمير عياد تم اختطافه من قبل "الإخوان" في المقطم وتعذيبه
أميرة هشام

نقل مينا ثابت، عضو اتحاد شباب ماسبيرو، عن أمير عياد، عضو جبهة الشباب القبطى، الذي اختفى خلال أحداث المقطم أمس الجمعة، أن الأخير تم اقتياده مع مجموعة كبيرة من الشباب من قبل شباب الإخوان المسلمين وتم احتجازهم بأحد المساجد، على حد قوله.

وقال ثابت المتواجد بمستشفى الهلال الذي يعالج فيها عياد حاليًا، أنه لا يعرف اسم المسجد الذي تم اقتيادهم إليه، وأنه يتوقع أن يكون مسجد بلال

copts united
سلفيين يتجمهرون لمنع بناء كنيسة السيدة العذراء بأبو العباس بالمنيا
المنيا يوسف البباوي

تلقي اللواء أحمد سليمان مدير أمن المنيا تلقى إخطارا من مأمور مركز شرطة "بني مزار" بتلقيه بلاغ من الخدمة المعينة لتأمين وملاحظة الحالة على كنيسة السيدة العذراء بقرية" ابو العباس" بتجمع 150 شخص من مسلمي القرية أمام الكنيسة لاعتراضهم على قيام راعى الكنيسة القس ميخائيل إبراهيم بهدم حائط منزل ملاصق للكنيسة ملك "عماد فوزي صادق" وذلك تمهيدًا لضم المنزل للكنيسة.

وتحرر عن الواقعة المحضر رقم 2474 لسنة 2013 أدارى مركز بنى مزار ،وتم عقد لقاء بمركز الشرطة مع كبار عائلات القرية بعد انتقال الاهالى إلى الكنيسة لمعاينة التعديات وإجبار راعى الكنيسة بإعادة الحال إلى ما كان عليه وبناء الحائط مرة أخرى.

حريق محدود بكنيسة قبطية بالجيزة والسبب مجهول

نادر شكرى

قال القس ديمتريوس كاهن كنيسة العذراء وماريوحنا بمنطقة المساكن بكفر طهرمس بمحافظة الجيزة انه نشب حريق محدود باعلى مبنى الكنيسة مساء اليوم وتمكنت سيارات الاطفاء من السطرة عليه قبل انتقاله الى مبنى الكنيسة والمبانى المجاورة
واشار ان الجزء الذى شب الحريق فيه يعلوا المبنى وهو عبارة عن استراحة مكشوفه بها بعض المقاعد التى تستخدم احيانا لاستراحة الاسر او اقامة انشطه شبابية مشيرا ان الاستراحه كانت مغلقه ولم يكن بها انشطه فى هذا التوقيت الشتوى حتى فؤجئنا بالحريق الذى خرجت منه السنه اللهيب وادت لخسائر فى المقاعد الخشبية وبعض الاخشاب والاثاث فى الدور كله ولكن لم تصل النيران الى مبنى الكنيسة الداخلى .
وتابع ان اجهزة الشرطه قامت بمعاينة الحادث وتقوم برفع الادلة الجنائية ولم يعرف حتى الان الاسباب وراء الحادث

قال القس ديمتريوس كاهن كنيسة العذراء وماريوحنا بمنطقة المساكن بكفر طهرمس بمحافظة الجيزة انه نشب حريق محدود باعلى مبنى الكنيسة مساء اليوم وتمكنت سيارات الاطفاء من السطرة عليه قبل انتقاله الى مبنى الكنيسة والمبانى المجاورة
واشار ان الجزء الذى شب الحريق فيه يعلوا المبنى وهو عبارة عن استراحة مكشوفه بها بعض المقاعد التى تستخدم احيانا لاستراحة الاسر او اقامة انشطه شبابية مشيرا ان الاستراحه كانت مغلقه ولم يكن بها انشطه فى هذا التوقيت الشتوى حتى فؤجئنا بالحريق الذى خرجت منه السنه اللهيب وادت لخسائر فى المقاعد الخشبية وبعض الاخشاب والاثاث فى الدور كله ولكن لم تصل النيران الى مبنى الكنيسة الداخلى .
وتابع ان اجهزة الشرطه قامت بمعاينة الحادث وتقوم برفع الادلة الجنائية ولم يعرف حتى الان الاسباب وراء الحادث


Egytian Muslims Accuse Priest of Using Black Magic on Muslim Girl

By Mary Abdelmassih

(AINA) -- Hundreds of Muslims marched for the second day through the street of the Egyptian town of El-Wasta, 90 kilometers south of Cairo in Beni Suef Province, to protest the disappearance of a young Muslim girl, Rania Shazli, and accuse the priest of St. George's Church in Wasta of using black magic to lure her to Christianity.

The girl's uncle lead a group of Muslims to force the Copts in town to close all their businesses until the girl is brought back to her family. Coptic owners who refused were forcefully shut down. The Shazli family, supported by local Salafists, threatened to kidnap a Christian girl if their daughter is not brought back and vowed to destroy the church after prayers on Friday, March 22nd.


Torture Likely Led to Death of Egyptian Christian in Libya,
Sources Say Beatings, electrical shock exacerbated serious heart condition.
By Our Middle East Correspondent
Ezzat Hakim Atallah’s widow, Ragaa Nagah (with ponytail), collapses with grief upon arrival to Cairo’s airport. (Morning Star News photo)
CAIRO, Egypt, March 14, 2013 (Morning Star News) – Repeated electrical shock torture of an Egyptian Christian accused of “proselytizing” in Libya likely exacerbated his heart ailment, leading to his death in custody, according to sources close to the deceased.
Ezzat Hakim Atallah died on Sunday (March 10) in a Tripoli jail while in the custody of an Islamic militia group known as the Preventative Security Unit. He was 45.


Egyptian Christian who died in Libya prison buried

By MAMDOUH THABET The Associated Press

Ragaa Abdallah, right, the wife of an Egyptian Christian who died in prison in Libya after he was detained on suspicion of having proselytized there has been buried in a subdued ceremony in his hometown, mourns during his funeral in Assuit, Egypt, Wednesday, March 13, 2012 in southern Egypt. The local church head Priest Baqi Sadaqa told the funeral congregation on Wednesday that Ezzat Atallah's death earlier this week was a "crime against Egypt."

Ragaa Abdallah, right, the wife of an Egyptian Christian who died in prison in Libya after he was detained on suspicion of having proselytized there has been buried in a subdued ceremony in his hometown, mourns during his funeral in Assuit, Egypt, Wednesday, March 13, 2012 in southern Egypt. The local church head Priest Baqi Sadaqa told the funeral congregation on Wednesday that Ezzat Atallah's death earlier this week was a "crime against Egypt." Mamdouh Thabet / AP Photo

ASSIUT, Egypt -- An Egyptian Christian who died in prison in Libya after he was detained on suspicion of having proselytized there has been buried in a subdued ceremony in his hometown in southern Egypt.
Local church head Priest Baqi Sadaqa told the funeral congregation Wednesday that Ezzat Atallah's death earlier this week was a "crime against Egypt," and expressed concern about Islamists' rising clout in Egypt and Libya.
Sadaqa says Attalah was tortured. An Egyptian diplomat has said he likely died of natural causes. Attalah suffered from diabetes and heart troubles.


Mystery of Muslim woman's disappearance leaves Kom Ombo in crisis

Kom Ombo in Upper Egypt is in turmoil after rumours a Muslim woman was abducted by the Coptic Church and converted to Christianity — a charge her family denies

Salma Shukrallah in Kom Ombo (Aswan )

Crowds inside church during attacks(Photo: Ahram Online)

A rumour has spread in the Upper Egyptian city of Kom Ombo that a divorced Muslim woman in her mid-30s was kidnapped by the Coptic Church and converted to Christianity. In an area divided by tribal and religious allegiances, the story has fuelled violence against the area's Christian minority.


The city's largest church, the Church of Mar Girgis, has been under attack for the past three days by what residents describe as "unknown assailants." Mostly in their teens, hundreds of young boys and men have been surrounding the church and pelting it with rocks and Molotov cocktails.

  Egypt: Missing Muslim Woman Found After Riot



A senior security official says a missing Muslim woman suspected of conversion to Christianity has been found. Her disappearance set off rioting in southern Egypt.

Muslims stormed a church in Kom Ombo, charging that the woman was being held there.

Major General Hassan Abdul-Hay, security chief of Aswan, told reporters late Saturday that "family and social reasons," not religion, were behind her disappearance, and she had not converted. He gave no other details.

Hundreds of Muslims threw firebombs and rocks Thursday night at the church, injuring 11 policemen and 12 Christians.

Clashes between Coptic Christians and Muslims usually are sparked by rumors of conversion, Muslim-Christian love affairs and construction of churches.

Coptic Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt's population. They have long complained of state discrimination.


مسلمون يقطعون يد مسيحي بسوهاج بسبب النزاع علي قطعة أرض

سوهاج – حسن عبد القادر

نشبت مشاجرة بين مساعد شرطة , ينتمي للتيارات الاسلامية ونجلة وبين 3 أشقاء مسيحيين بدائرة قسم جرجا بسبب النزاع علي قطعة أرض وعقب عرض المتهمين علي النيابة هاجم اقارب مساعد الشرطة , المسيحيين مستخدمين الالآت الحادة وقاموا بقطع يد أحدهم وإصابتة بجروح خطيرة بالرأس وتم نقلة إلي مستشفي سوهاج الجامعي .

كان اللواء محسن الجندي مساعد الوزير مديرأمن سوهاج، قد تلقي إخطاراً من قطاع الجنوب، يفيد وقوع مشاجرة بين مسلمين ومسيحيين بدائرة قسم جرجا، وبالإنتقال إلي مسرح الواقعة والفحص , تبين نشوب مشاجرة بين كل من " جاد الكريم أحمد " 60 عاما مساعد شرطة بالمعاش وينتمي للتيارات الإسلامية , ونجلة "علي" 32 عاما - عامل - ويقيمان بمنطقة شيخ العرب دائرة القسم "طرف أول" و طلعت شوقي ناشد " 32 سنه حاصل علي دبلوم وشقيقية "اسامة" 22 سنه طالب و"عاطف" 34 سنه عامل ويقيمان بذات الناحية "طرف ثان" .


Egypt releases Salafist held for insulting Christianity


Brotherhood justice: Capital punishment for anyone who insults Islam, and release on bail for anyone who attacks any other religion.

Did judges give in to pressure of hardliners?

CAIRO - A controversial Egyptian Islamist was freed on bail on Monday after he was held in custody for four days on charges of insulting Christianity, a judicial official said.

Ahmed Abdullah, an extremist preacher also known as Abu Islam, was arrested after Coptic Christian activist Nagib Gibrail accused him of insulting Christianity on a television show.

He was held for four days on orders of the state prosecutor and released on bail of 20,000 Egyptian pounds (around $3,000), the judicial official said.


Muslims Attack Christians in Egypt on Rumor of Sexual Assault

By Mary Abdelmassih 

(AINA) -- Thousands of Muslims from Marashda and surrounding villages attacked eight Coptic homes and businesses, including five pharmacies, which were looted and torched. Coptic-owned cars were also torched. The attack on the Christians was caused by rumor that a 55-year-old Coptic man, Nader Masoud, sexually assaulted a 6-year-old Muslim girl.

The Attacks on the village, which has a majority Christian population, started yesterday after 10 PM, when several Coptic businesses were torched, and Church of Abu Fam had its cross demolished and its glass smashed.

Anba Kyrollos, Bishop of Nag Hammadi, said that a medical check of the Muslim girl proved her "virginity," but the attacks "took place after the Muslims knew of the medical verdict and the sexual assault was only a rumor."


Copts Protest Church Attack in Egypt -- Church Attacked Again

By Mary Abdelmassih

(AINA) -- Hundreds of Copts rallied on Sunday evening against the torching of St. Georges church in Sarsena on Friday (AINA 2-16-2013), as well as the escalation of destruction of churches by Muslims. Several Coptic rights groups organized a march from Shubra, a densely populated area in Cairo, to the High Court building in downtown Cairo, to "demand justice" as the organizers said.

Demonstrators demanded the Sarsena church be rebuilt and the perpetrators be prosecuted, in addition to the assailants of previous attacks on the churches during the last two years since the ousting of Mubarak. They also demanded an end to the customary "reconciliation" meetings forced on Copts by the authorities, in which Copts lose all their rights.

Catholic Herald 

The persecution of Christians in Morsi’s Egypt is now serious. So, will Obama use his billion dollar subsidy in their defence? Don’t hold your breath

Obama’s personal history may explain why

By William Oddie 

William Oddie 

A man weeps over the coffin of a Copt killed in clashes in Cairo last year (AP)

A man weeps over the coffin of a Copt killed in clashes in Cairo last year (AP)

I open by drawing your attention to the shocking story (one among an increasing number of examples of the growing oppression of Coptic Christians under Egypt’s brand-new Islamist dictatorship) of Nadia Mohamed Ali, who was brought up as a Christian, and converted to Islam when she married a Muslim, 23 years ago. He later died, and his widow decided to return to her Christian faith, together with her children. She registered as such under the Mubarak regime, and applied for and received new identity cards containing this information, between 2004 and 2006. When her re-conversion to her old faith emerged under the Morsi regime, Nadia was sentenced to fifteen years in prison: so too were her seven children; even the clerks who processed the identity cards were imprisoned.

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Muslim Villagers in Egypt Attack Church

Second assault on Christian properties in province in less than five weeks.

By Our Middle East Correspondent

http://morningstarnews.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7ec6d7eb2533a90581f839110&id=dbcb98e2e2&e=b2cec00157CAIRO, Egypt, February 17, 2013 (Morning Star News) –

Muslim villagers in Egypt’s Fayoum Province attacked a church this weekend – pelting four Christians with rocks, setting parts of the church building on fire and tearing down a cross atop the structure, witnesses said.

The second assault on property of the province’s Coptic Christians in a little over a month, the attack on the Church of Mar Girgis began Friday (Feb. 15) at 3 p.m., after the church’s worship services in the town of Tamiyyah, 64 miles (103 kilometers) southwest of Cairo.

“It was an ordinary day, starting with the liturgy and Sunday school,” said a 30-year-old Coptic Orthodox Christian who attends the church. “As usual, most people leave after services, but a few people stayed at the church. While we were sitting, we saw all these people coming like they do on the television at Tahrir Square, coming to attack the church.”


Sectarian unrest flares anew in southern Egypt

LUXOR, Egypt (AP) — Police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of Muslim protesters trying to storm a Coptic Christian church in southern Egypt Friday, after a word spread that a Christian man sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl.

Witnesses in Marashda village in the province of Qena said several shops and cars owned by Coptic Christians were torched overnight after Muslim villagers accused a merchant in his sixties of molesting the young girl.

Violence flared again after Friday prayers, with witnesses saying protesters surrounded the village's central Abu Fam church, hurling stones and trying to storm it. Some climbed the church walls and destroyed a cross atop it. Police fired tear gas to scatter the crowd.

الاعتداء مجددًا على كنيسة سرسنا أثناء عقد ما يسمى بجلسة الصلح العرفي
إلقاء كرات مشتعلة مجددًا وهتافات "مش عايزين كنيسة"

الفيوم (مصر) في 16 فبراير/إم سي إن/ من نادر شكري

عقدت مساء اليوم ما يسمى بـ"جلسة صلح عرفية" بقرية سرسنا التابعة لمركز طامية بالفيوم لإنهاء أزمة كنيسة مارجرجس بالقرية عقب مهاجمتها مساء أمس وإلقاء كرات نار عليها احتجاجًا من أسرة مسلمة على انزعاجها من صوت الصلوات داخل الكنيسة
التي تقام يومي الأحد والجمعة، على الرغم من أنها تسكن بجانب الكنيسة منذ 15 عامًا ولم تشكُ من قبل.

عقدت الجلسة بحضور مأمور مركز طامية ورئيس مباحث طامية، و7 من الأقباط دون حضور أي من رجال الدين المسيحي وحضر من المسلمين الأسرة المسلمة المجاورة للكنيسة وأربعة شهود ومحكمين مسلمين، وأقيمت الجلسة في منزل شخص مسلم يدعى عبد الفتاح عبد الحميد ثم استكملت الجلسة في مركز شرطة طامية عقب تجدد الاعتداءات على الكنيسة أثناء الجلسة.

وانسحب أحد ممثلين الأقباط يدعى جميل إبراهيم من الجلسة احتجاجًا على معاودة الهجوم على الكنيسة أثناء انعقادها وأيضًا فرض شروط على الكنيسة وصفها بالمستبدة وتوصلت الجلسة إلى وضع محضر عرفي تضمن: أولًا ترك مساحة بين الجار المسلم والكنيسة بعرض 5 سم يتم ملئها بمادة عازلة للصوت، ثانيًا، بناء جدار بعرض 30 سم بطول عرض الكنيسة، أما الجزء الفضاء الموازي للكنيسة ويدخل في إطارها اشترطوا أن يقام كمخازن ولا يتم ضمه للكنيسة كمبنى للصلاة. ثالثًا عدم تعلية ارتفاع الكنيسة وتظل كما هي عليه الآن حيث ارتفاع المبنى لا يزيد عن 3 أمتار. رابعًا: تقوم الكنيسة بوضع طبقة عازلة أعلى مبنى الكنيسة، وطبقة من البلاط على سطح صاحب المنزل المسلم على نفقتها لاحتواء الصوت الداخلي للصلوات بعد الانتهاء من وضع المادة العازلة للصوت وبناء الجدار الفاصل.

ماسبيرو الاعتداء على اقباط نجع حمادى يؤكد مسلسل الاضطهاد الممنهج فى عهد مرسى
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اكد اتحاد شباب ماسبيرو فى بيان له اليوم ان ما حدث اليوم بنجع حمادى هو حادث جديد من مسلسل على الاقباط الاعتداءات بعد هدم جمعية قبطية بقرية فانوس التابعة لمركز طامية يهاجم مسلمين اليوم اقباط قرية المراشده التابعة لنجع حمادى بعد شائعة غير تحرش رجل فوق 60 بطفله 4 سنوات فكانت ذريعة معتادة مثل الحوادث الاخرى لتحويل الغوغائية الشائعة لعقاب جماعى للأقباط بالهجوم على منازلهم ومتاجرهم فأسفر عن حرق وتدمير 6 متاجر وحرق دراجة بخارية وتدمير بعض سيارات يملكها اقباط فضلا عن قذف كنيسة ابوفام الجندى بالقرية ومحاولة اختراقها وإسقاط صلبان الكنيسة اعلى المبنى .


Fayoum, Egypt: Islamic extremists attack Coptic church, wounding pastor

A crowd, incited by a Salafi leader, attacked the church of Saint Georgas. The Cross on the dome destroyed, part of the interior and the sacred images devastated. The police witnessed the violence, but did not intervene. Fr. Domadios saved by a Muslim family. In recent months, extremists had opened a hole in the wall to "monitor" his activities.

Cairo (AsiaNews / Agencies) - A mob, incited by local Salafi fringe, threw stones and set fire to the church of St. Georgas in the village of Sarsena, Tamiya District, in the Egyptian province of Fayoum, about 103 km south-west of Cairo. According to sources of the Assyrian International News Agency (Aina), the attack took place yesterday evening and caused damage, particularly to the dome of the place of Christian worship. The attack destroyed the towering cross on top of the building, and many of the icons and sacred images inside.

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Egypt: Coptic church building destroyed 17/01/2013

A building in a village south west of Cairo housing a reception hall and nursery was destroyed yesterday by a mob following a rumour that it was a church.

According to Watani Newspaper, around 5,000 Islamist extremists armed with hammers axes and old electricity poles descended on the building in Fanous Village in Tamia District and razed the structure to the ground.

The building was owned by a Coptic society affiliated to Mar-Girgis (St George’s) Church and had been erected on land donated to the church by a Coptic villager. Construction began two months ago, after all official permissions had been secured. The first floor had been completed and the second floor was under construction when the attack occurred.


 عاجل: إحراق كنيسة مار جرجس بقرية سرسنا بالفيوم

الفيوم (مصر) في 15 فبراير /إم سي إن/ من نادر شكري

قامت مجموعات من مسلمي قرية سرسنا التابعة لمركز طامية بالفيوم (92 كم جنوب غرب القاهرة)، مساء اليوم، بإشعال النيران بكنيسة مارجرجس بالقرية، وقذفها بالطوب، مما أسفر عن هدم جزء من قبتها، وكسر صليب أعلى القبة، وتدمير أجزاء بداخلها من مقصورة وأيقونات، وذلك بعد أن اعترض أحد السلفيين على وجود الكنيسة بجوار منزل مسلم، وقيامه بتحريض الأهالي للهجوم على الكنيسة، في وجود مأمور قسم شرطة طامية ونقطة شرطة سرسنا، الذي كان يتفاوض مع مسلمي القرية في وجود كاهن الكنيسة قبل بدء الهجوم.

وأوضح مصدر من أهالي القرية لـ/إم سي إن/ أن كنيسة مارجرجس تبلغ مساحتها حوالي 200م، وتم بنائها في أوائل الثمانينيات من القرن الماضي، وتخدم ما يزيد عن 180 أسرة مسيحية، وهي ملاصقة لمنزل أسرة مسلمة، مشيرا إلى أن أقباط القرية كانوا قد فوجئوا بقيام مسلمين بكسر جزء من جدار الكنيسة وفتح ثقب به منذ 3 أشهر لمراقبة ما يحدث داخلها، وتم عقد جلسة "صلح" عرفية، طالب المسلمون فيها بعدم ضم مساحة فضاء لا تزيد مساحتها عن 50 مترا داخل الكنيسة إلى مبنى الكنيسة وتعهد الكاهن بذلك، وعندما طالب الكاهن بإقامة حضانة للأطفال رفضوا، واستمر وجود الثقب في جدار الكنيسة كما هو، حتى بدأ أحد السلفيين في تحريض المسلمين على الكنيسة بقوله أنها "جار غير شرعي للمسلمين ولا يجوز وجودها"، كما أنه اعترض على أن يكون عداد الكهرباء باسم الأنبا ابرام أسقف الفيوم، معتبرا أن ذلك "غير شرعي".


Muslims Demolish Church Building in Egypt

By Mary Abdelmassih

(AINA) -- Hundreds of Muslims came out of mosques today with hammers and destroyed a social services building belonging to the Coptic Church while chanting Islamic slogans. Security forces arrived after the building was completely razed. The 100 square meters social services building in the village of Fanous, Tamia district in Fayoum province, 130 KM south west of Cairo, had all the necessary government permits; it had a reception hall on the first floor and a kindergarten on the second.

But the Muslims insisted that it would become a church.

A meeting had taken place beforehand between the village mayor and elders from Muslim and Coptic sides and it was agreed that only the first floor was to remain and the second be demolished.

Mosques in surrounding villages called on their microphones this afternoon on Muslims to go and help their Muslim brethrens in the village of Fanous, because Christians were "building a church." According to rights activist Nader Shukry of Maspero Coptic Youth Organizations, nearly 5000 Muslims took part in demolishing the church property with their hammers, while shouting "Allahu Akbar." He said no one was arrested, not even the imams who called on Muslims to demolish the building; their calls fall under the crime of "enticement to violence."

Christianity Today 

More Convictions for Egypt's Maspero Massacre—But Copts not Soldiers

So far, no military officers convicted for October 2011 incident that killed 28 Copts.

Melissa Steffan

It's been more than a year since a military-induced massacre in Cairo, Egypt, killed 28 people—mostly Coptic Christians. But the only people convicted thus far have been the Christians themselves.

Last week, a Cairo court sentenced Michael Farag and Michael Shaker to three years in jail, charging them with inciting violence, destroying military vehicles, and deliberately attacking soldiers. Farag and Shaker were among the more than 30 Coptic civilians arrested following the massacre, 12 of whom were given life sentences last May.

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Family in Egypt get 15 years imprisonment for conversion from Islam.

The Family of 8 has no legal means to convert from Islam in Egypt while the constitution guarantee Freedom of Religion.

Beni Suef Criminal Court, Egypt today sentenced a family of 8 to 15 years imprisonment for changing religion from Islam to Christianity also 7 government employees were sentenced to 5 years. 

In Egypt in spite of the constitution states that freedom of Religion is guaranteed, there is no legal means to change religion from Islam however all legal door are open to change to convert to Islam, conversion to Islam is encouraged. Convert from Islam have only one way to change their legal document which is fraud which end them in prison. 

Egyptian Christian Girl, 13, Abducted By Muslims
(AINA) -- On December 23, 2012, 13-year-old Agape Essam Girgis from the village of Nahda, el-Ameriya, near Alexandria, went to school as usual. Failing to return home, the family knew that she went out of school accompanied by the Muslim social worker Heba and two teachers, one of the them a Salafist. She stayed missing for 9 days during which the family and sympathizers organized a sit-in in front of the renowned Alexandria Library. The Coptic Church in Alexandria also organized a conference on December 30 on the abduction of Coptic girls, with focus on Agape, which was attended by journalists and the public.

On December 31 state security contacted Bishop Pachomios and told him that they have the kidnapped girl. She was handed over to her family and the church priest where she stayed with his family for some time due to the terrible ordeal she experienced during her abduction.

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EGYPT: Islamists intimidated Christians from voting against the referendum

Islamist thugs went on a campaign of intimidation against the Christian population in the provincial capital, Assiut, last week that kept most Christians from going to the polls to vote against the constitution:


Dec. 18, 2012: Men ride a motorcycle past a church in Assiut, southern Egypt. (AP)

A campaign of intimidation by Islamists left most Christians in this southern Egyptian province too afraid to participate in last week’s referendum on an Islamist-drafted constitution they deeply oppose, residents say. The disenfranchisement is hiking Christians’ worries over their future under empowered Muslim conservatives.

Around a week before the vote, some 50,000 Islamists marched through the provincial capital, Assiut, chanting that Egypt will be “Islamic, Islamic, despite the Christians.” At their head rode several bearded men on horseback with swords in scabbards on their hips, evoking images of early Muslims conquering Christian Egypt in the 7th Century.


Abducted Egyptian Christian Girl Possibly Smuggled to Libya 

(AINA) -- Hundreds of Christian Egyptian girls having been abducted and forced to convert to Islam and marry Muslim men since the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. But the case of 14 year old Sarah has become symbolic, bringing to confrontation Muslims groups, whose members are implicated in the kidnappings, and the Coptic Church and human rights organizations.

On Sunday, September 30 Sarah Ishaq Abdelmalek, born on August 1, 1998 in the town of el-Dabaa, 130 kilometers from Mersa Matrouh, was on her way to school with her cousin Miriam, when they stopped at a bookshop. Miriam went ahead of Sarah to school, leaving Sarah behind. Sarah never made it to school and no one has seen her since then. Her father was hesitant at first to contact the authorities for fear of harm to his family and his other children by the Salafi Muslims, who have a large presence and influence in Mersa Matrouh and Alexandria. He finally filed a report with the police on October 20, accusing 27 year old bookshop keeper and Salafist Mahmoud Abu Zied Abdel Gawwad, a married man and father of children, of abducting Sarah and marrying her against her will (AINA 11-2-2012).



Egypt: ‘Outrageous’ guilty verdict in blasphemy case an assault on free expression

Egyptian activist Alber Saber Ayad has been sentenced to three years in prison for "defamation of religion".

Egyptian activist Alber Saber Ayad has been sentenced to three years in prison for "defamation of religion".

An Egyptian activist has been sentenced to three years in prison after being found guilty of “defamation of religion”, a conviction Amnesty International called an outrageous assault on freedom of expression.

The court in Cairo found Alber Saber Ayad, a 27-year-old computer science graduate and activist, guilty of disseminating material on the internet that defamed religions.

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