The 7th Anniversary for El-Kosheh Martyrs
(2nd Jan 2000)
el-kosheh 
Names of the martyrs

1-Adel Ghatas Fahmy DOB 12/7/77 2-Maison Ghatas Fahmy DOB 20/8/88 3-Gaber Sidrak Saeed 85y 4-Refaat Zaghlok Gaber Sidrak DOB 15/7/73 5-Halim Fahmi Makar DOB 1/2/39 6-Zakaria Halim Fahmi DOB 25/11/71 7- Ashraf Halim Fahmi 22y 8-Alamir Halim Fahmi DOB 9/1/85 9-Tadross Lawendi Tadross 76y 10-Nasser Tadross Lawendi DOB12/12/74 11-Mohran Labib Shenouda DOB 13/3/56 12-Bona El-Komos Gobraeel 50y 13-Mamdouh Noshi Sadek DOB8/8/68 14-Atef Ezzat Zaki 24y 15-Abdel-Meseeh Mahroos Eskandar DOB22/5/45 16-Samia Abdel-Meseeh Mahroos 21 y 17-Wael El-Dab'ea Mikhaeel DOB2/8/83 18-Amdan Zarif Kedes DOB12/12/75 19-Moawad Shenouda Moawad 50y 20-Wahib Girgis Hana DOB 4/.7/49 21-Refat Faiez Awad DOB1/9/85

21 Christians were mudered in cold blood in the worst sectarian violence to hit Egypt in two decades. Christians were hunted down and murdered in their own homes and their fields by Muslims fundamentalists during heavy police presence and a curfew started 2 days earlier.

Egypt in two decades. Christians were hunted down and murdered in their own homes and their fields by Muslims fundamentalists during heavy police presence and a curfew started 2 days earlier.

The pretext of the violence was a financial dispute between a Muslim customer and a Christian shopkeeper in El-Kosheh. The Muslim and his brothers later attacked the Christian’s shop and incited the muslim mobs which looted and burned Christian homes, stores, and factories.

At least 44 people were injured in addition to those who were killed during the 3 days of violence. The murdered Christians were killed in their homes or hunted down in the fields.

96 people were arrested and charged with looting and arson. After a trial and Retrial four Muslims were given jail terms of up to ten years by a court in southern Egypt; non of the sentence was relatedto the murder of Christians.

The Murder of the innocent  went unpunished, this case was a typical example of the collusion of the Egyptian government agencies (The police who failed to provide evedince to court) and the Muslim Fundamentalists, it high lights the persecution and discrimination of some of the government agancies against Copts. Pope Shenouda slammed the not guilty verdict


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