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EGYPT – Coptic Archbishop: sectarian attacks increase, one every ten days

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(Agenzia Fides) – An appeal to ask the police to enforce the law protecting citizens from any sectarian discrimination was launched yesterday by Anba Makarius, Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of Minya, after the series of incidents which in recent weeks have again recorded a sharp rise in cases of violence suffered particularly by Egyptian Christians.

Now, highlighted Coptic Orthodox Archbishop – such violent attacks from the assault on homes to targeted kidnappings for ransom, are continuing at an average of one every ten days. In recent times the assault on homes of Christian families perpetrated in the village of Karm el Loofy have been recorded, (see Fides 09/07/2016), the burning of a kindergarten run by Christians and that of crops belonging to Christian owners, occurred in two villages in the governorate of Minya.

The worst incident in recent weeks was the murder of Rafael Moussa, Coptic Orthodox priest of the church of St. George, perpetrated by an armed commando in Al Arish, a coastal city in North Sinai that is only about twenty kilometers from Gaza. Jihadist groups have claimed responsibility for the murder, calling Father Rafael an “infidel fighter.” (GV) (Agenzia Fides 11/07/2016).

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