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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Targeting of Egypt’s Copts condemned

Egypt’s National Council for Human Rights has condemned attacks on Christians in Upper Egypt, reports Ahram. The council said attacks on Christians, their homes and places and worship have proved that Christians are targeted because of their beliefs. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the drafting committee responsible for the country’s new […]

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Amid the ruins, forgiveness

Continuing the growing stream of reporting on the extensive damage done to Egypt’s churches since Aug. 14, the Sat7 Christian broadcasting service showed video on Sunday of the worship service at the Evangelical Church of Beni Mazar, in the Minya region. Worshipers sang and prayed in the charred remains of their building. […]

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Islamist takeover in Dalga

It’s been several weeks since the 14 August eruption of violence against Egypt’s churches, and now in-depth news accounts of the attacks and their aftermath are beginning to emerge from the mainstream media. The latest example is an absorbing report by Hamza Hendawi for the Associated Press, showing how Islamists in […]

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Monastery closure hits Sinai economy

Residents of the Sinai city of St. Catherine have complained they are struggling to survive following the closure of the city’s 1,500-year-old monastery two months ago, reports Al-Monitor. Egypt’s government ordered the monastery shut in early July after suspicions it was to be attacked. This is only the third time […]

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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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