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Curfew in Delga, a Islamist-held town where Christians cannot live
This morning, the army entered some of the town's districts only thanks to air cover. The Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists had taken it over on 14 August. Because Islamists are heavily armed, the army and police waited for reinforcements before moving in. half of the town's 20,000 Christians have fled after churches and homes were torched or demolished. Those left have to pay jizya, a tax for unbelievers last levied under Ottoman rule.
Delga, Islamists threaten Christians: "When the army leaves we will destroy everything"
The Muslim Brotherhood visits the houses of the Copts and force them to exonerate the group for recent violence. Those who do not sign will be killed after the army leaves. Since 18 September last the city which has been a refuge for thousands of extremists, is under military curfew.
Islamists seize Tahrir Square to impose Sharia on Egypt
Thousands of Muslim extremists bussed in from around the country occupy the place that came to symbolise the January 2011 pro-democracy demonstrations. Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist al-Nour Party leaders stay away from the rally, but many of their rank and files are present. Pro-democracy parties and Egypt's Christians are running out of time to stop Egypt from becoming an Islamic republic.
Soldiers and ordinary citizens together against Muslim extremists
After last Friday's clashes, calm prevails in front of Egypt's Defence Ministry building. Hundreds of members of the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist groups defy the curfew and demonstrate. Catholic Church spokesman fears a new escalation of violence ahead of the upcoming presidential elections.
Egypt's parliament describes Israel as the country's "first enemy"
Lawmakers vote symbolic resolution calling for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador and the cancellation of the peace treaty with Israel. The call is a response to Israeli raids in Gaza. Sources tell AsiaNews that such moves exemplify the conceited populism of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists.
Coptic Catholic leader warns against worrying too much about Islamists' election victory
For Kamal Zachar, a Coptic Catholic political leader, Egyptians are a people of moderates opposed to undue power in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists, who won the recent electoral round with 65 per cent of the vote. In order to understand the country’s political future, we must wait for presidential elections. A spokesman of the Catholic Church warns Christians against fear, urges them to get involved in politics.
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