Egypt: Christian churches under attack in Minya

A report, prepared by a team from the Organisation of Justice and Development for Human Rights, has revealed attacks against an Evangelical church and a Catholic church in Malawi district, Minya province, Egypt.

Apart from the attacks on the churches, Coptic shops were burned as well as the Malawi court, the museum and the city council building. There was also a failed attempt to torch the police station. The Organisation asserts that these incidents were planned and targeted Copts, however they didn't specify who was behind the attacks.

The Organisation of Justice and Development for Human Rights highlighted attacks on more than eighty churches all over Egypt as well as Copts’ properties. It calls on Copts to stand beside the Egyptian state in its current crisis and overcome the attempts to incite a sectarian conflict which only serves Egypt's enemies.

The organisation warns against the political exploitation of attacks against Copts and churches by some political factions. It expects more attacks on Coptic monasteries and churches, especially in north and south of Upper Egypt, Alexandria, Delta provinces and Sinai.

See a photo gallery below some of the damage caused to Christian churches, houses and businesses in Minya.

Photo credit: The Organisation of Justice and Development for Human Rights

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Date: 23/08/2013

Countries:

Egypt

Categories:

Religion/Religious minorities

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