Over 100 Coptic Christians were killed in 2017 in a wave of deadly attacks by militants belonging to, or inspired by, the Islamic State group, which has vowed to “wipe them out”. Egypt’s Copts, who account for around 10 per cent of the population, were also targeted in 2013, after they were perceived as supporting the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood government. Scores of churches across the country were attacked and burned.

 

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Renewed day by day

Renewed day by day

On Aug. 14, the Egyptian Army moved against large groups of protesters who had set up camp in Cairo. They had been in the streets since July 3, when the military removed Mohamed Morsi from the presidency and the Muslim Brotherhood from power. Using helicopters, tanks, tear gas and live ammunition — […]

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Another view of Egypt’s violence

While much of Egypt and the world fixates on the fate of the Muslim Brotherhood and their attacks on Coptic churches, Timothy Kaldas sees something else: “The state’s cynical use of Christian suffering to justify its violent behavior.” Despite the fact that attacks on Christian churches and communities have been […]

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Egyptian pastor ‘fine and safe’

Reports that an Egyptian pastor was kidnapped on Thursday (Aug. 15) were false, according to The World Today, a Swedish newspaper. Nasralla Salib, pastor of a Seventh-Day Adventist church in Asyut, on Friday (Aug. 16) told the newspaper he was “fine and safe”, having been sheltered from trouble by Muslim […]

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Churches across Egypt attacked

Churches across Egypt attacked

World Watch Monitor is curating news coverage of the anti-Christian violence that swept Egypt on Aug. 14 after the military used force to break up camps of protesters who have been demanding the reinstatement of former president Mohamed Morsi. Scores of the protesters were killed, leading to violence in cities across the country. The protesters […]

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Zero

That’s the number of Christians among the 25 people sworn in as governors by Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour on Tuesday, according to Mideast Christian News. Egypt has 27 governates; Mansour filled the governor’s position in all but two of them. The incoming slate of regional executives has a Mubarak-era […]

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Religious animosity grows in Egypt

Mainstream media have picked up on the religious dimension of sectarian clashes in Egypt. The Associated Press on Aug. 8 took a broad look at the issue, which included this chilling quote from an Assiut shopkeeper: “[Islamists] run their index finger across their throats to suggest they will slaughter us, […]

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