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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Copts suffer pro-Morsi backlash

Twenty-three houses belonging to Coptic Christians have been set on fire in Naga Hassan village, Egypt, after a Muslim man was reportedly killed in an altercation with three Copts on July 5, writes Egypt Independent. Although local residents said the altercation had no religious or political motivation, others are concerned […]

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Wave of kidnappings plagues Egyptians

Wave of kidnappings plagues Egyptians

She was an old woman, and her leg was in pain. She held out her hand. “Please help”, she said. Magda took the woman’s hand, and led her to a waiting car. And that was the last Magda saw of her family for a week. The 19-year-old student became, on […]

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‘Epidemic’ of sexual violence in Egypt

In the midst of the political demonstrations in Egypt, violent attacks have been carried out against at least 91 women in the past week. According to Human Rights Watch, many of these extended acts of aggressions are pre-meditated assaults by groups of men. Related Articles:Life for some Christians in German refugee […]

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Coptic Pope backs protests

Egypt’s Coptic leader Pope Tawadros II has lent his support to the growing anti-Morsi protests, saying it is “wonderful to see the Egyptian people taking back their stolen revolution in a peaceful way”, reports Al-Ahram. Related Articles:Egypt’s Christians mourn 49 killed in Palm Sunday…Coptic Pope prays in ancient church symbolic […]

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Voices from the revolution

Voices from the revolution

Who stole Egypt? The answer depends on who you ask among the thousands of Egyptians who have swarmed the streets across the country since Sunday (June 30), either to force President Mohamed Morsi out of office, or to support him. “Now we’re seeing the revolution being threatened,” a member of […]

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Egyptian blasphemy case ‘bodes ill’

Christian teacher Dimyana Obeid Abd Al-Nour has been fined 100,000 Egyptian pounds ($14,000) for defaming Islam and insulting Prophet Mohammed, which is prohibited in Article 44 of the Egyptian constitution. The 24-year-old will now face compensation claims at a civil court following the conclusion of the criminal trial in Luxor […]

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