Church Burned In Egypt

Deadly clashes between Egypt’s Muslim and Christian communities late on May 7 have left at least nine people dead in the worst sectarian violence seen by the country since longtime Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in February.

The incident saw the country’s prime minister cancel his visit to the Gulf states in order to call an emergency cabinet meeting.

The violence began when a crowd of ultraconservative Salafists surrounded a church in western Cairo demanding that a woman rumored to have converted from Christianity to Islam be released, believing her imprisoned there.

The rumor regarding the woman, who was said to be married to a Muslim man, has not been confirmed.

Reports say the two sides then exchanged gunfire as well as fire bombs and stones, while police fired shots into the air and used tear gas to separate the two sides.

At least one church in the Imbaba district was set on fire, apparently due to firebombs, during the unrest.

Sectarian tensions are believed to have heightened in Egypt amid uncertainty about the country’s future.

Coptic Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s population.

The above was here.

UPDATE:  Photos

One thought on “Church Burned In Egypt

  1. Lord says “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you”….John 15:18
    “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” Matthew 5:4.

    Oh the body of Christ-the church- for your faith and sufferings there is great reward; keep doing your good works for the mankind……Amen

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