» 05/20/2013, 00.00
Egypt, more attacks on Coptic Orthodox community, two churches set on fire
The two attacks targeted the church of St. Mary in a suburb of Alexandria and that of the small village of Menpal in Upper Egypt. In subsequent clashes one person died following a heart attack.
/ Agencies) - The Egyptian Coptic community faces a new escalation of attacks
by Islamists. On
17 May, two churches were attacked with Molotov cocktails in the district of
Dakhela, west of Alexandria, Egypt, and Menpal in Upper Egypt.
In Alexandria over
20 thousand Muslims attacked the church of St. Mary setting fire to the
entrance of the building and shattering windows. A man
died of a heart attack in the attack. In
response to the violence, hundreds of Copts left their homes to create a human
wall around the building. According
to witnesses some Islamists armed with pistols and knives fired on the crowd, causing
the origin of the clashes is a dispute between two neighbors. Basem
Ramzy Michael, a Coptic Christian, is reported to have behaved inappropriately towards
the sister of Alloshy Hamada, a Muslim with a criminal record. In
a short time the dispute between the two erupted into a sectarian clash.
incident occurred last May 13, in the village of Menbal, Matay district, north
of the province of Minya, where a Muslim mob stormed the church called the Tadros
el-Mashreki and assaulted one person inside. The
assailants threw stones at the building, looted Christian shops nearby and
burned cars. The
Coptic minority has been threatened with expulsion from the village. Once
again the violence was sparked by a trivial quarrel between two young people. Some
young Muslims are reported to have made advances to a group of Coptic girls, as
they entered the church. Irritated
at having been ignored the group waited for the young Christian girls to leave the
Church and threw bags filled with urine at them. The
young people were rescued by some Christians peers who have started a heated
argument with Muslims. As in other
cases, the news spread across the village. In
a short time a crowd of Islamists rallied in front of the church, forcing young
people to take refuge inside.
Ehab Ramzy, a
Coptic Christian, prosecutor in the province and former member of parliament,
said Menbal has a Muslim majority, while Manshiet Menbal, 10 kilometers away,
has Coptic majority. "The
Christians of the two villages - he explains - have nothing to do with the
fight that took place in Manshiet Menbal. The young people were attacked just
because they are Christian." Two
young Muslim men were arrested by police in Menbal. In
the coming days there will be a reconciliation meeting between the two
- he adds - the security forces are trying to arrest some young Copts. They have
become a bargaining chip to seek reconciliation."
AsiaNews sources underline that the attacks against
the Coptic community are now a daily occurrence and are being ignored by the
police, who because of the climate of chaos, let communities resolve disputes among
themselves, although this can
result in dead or wounded. The
most serious incident took place on April 7 in front of the Cathedral of St. Mark
in Cairo, where a group of Islamists attacked funerals of four Christians
killed in sectarian clashes that took place on April 5 in the district of
Khosous, on the outskirts of the capital, with stones and Molotov cocktails. The
assault, which took place before the eyes of the police, left two dead and over
80 injured. A
church building caught fire.
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