Egypt: Christians Still Threatened by Islamic Insurgency

An Islamic-led insurgency threatens one of the world’s oldest Christian communities. Even though it’s been several months after Egypt’s president has been ousted out of office, militant Muslims are still blaming neighbouring Christians for the uprising. Now believers are facing almost daily attacks against them, like the one that claimed the life of a 10-year-old girl by the name of Jessi. Length 5:45 From Christian World News.

VIDEO by VOM

With the Brotherhood in Egypt: from coup to crackdown (10 min video inside the protest)

The Muslim Brotherhood supporters: Egypt is not secular, it’s Islamic. One older protester holds a white burial shroud in his hands, the symbolism pronouncing death to democracy.

Channel 4 News (A UK TV News team) films during the 6 week camp out of Muslim Brotherhood supporters and the army’s crackdown (at about the 7th minute – footage here is from a protestor)

VIDEO by Channel 4 News

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Egyptian Christians under attack

Photo credit Coptic Pope Tawadros II via EgyptianStreets.com Coptic Christians praying in a burned down church.

  1. USA Today has a map of some of the locations where Christian churches were burned here- http://www.usatoday.com
  2. And a list of burned out churches of Egypt has been compiled here- http://nilerevolt.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/1198/ and will be updated as warranted.

Open Doors USA reports via Mission News Network:

Egypt – Chaos continues in Egypt as the Muslim Brotherhood calls for more protests. Open Doors USA spokesman Jerry Dykstra shares this from an Egyptian believer: „He said, ‘These are the hardest days we’ve ever witnessed. A peaceful Egypt is now soaked in violence.'” Supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi are taking out most of their anger on one group: „Christians are being turned into the scapegoat. Many of the Muslim Brotherhood protestors are blaming Christians for the ouster of Morsi,” explains Dykstra. Their rage continues to claim lives. At last report, the death toll rose above 500, and over 3000 people are injured. In times like these, there’s only one thing we can do: pray . „Supplies can be replaced, and churches can be rebuilt. I think what we really have to focus on is the heart and soul of the people in Egypt. We need to pray for peace and the name of Jesus Christ to go out.”

The Christian Post reports:

The death toll in Egypt following clashes on Wednesday between Pro-Mohamed Morsi Islamic protesters and government military forces has climbed to 525, officials say, but the real number is suspected to continue to rise in the coming hours and days as the situation becomes clearer.

Christians make up about 8 million of Egypt’s population of 80 million and have been victims of Muslim attacks for years. Some Christians were worried when Islamists took over Egypt’s government in 2012 and relieved when the military ousted them from power last month. (source)

and Christianity Today:

at least 27 churches have been attacked and two Christians killed in retaliation, reports Morning Star News (MSN). Houses, monasteries, orphanages, schools and businesses belonging to Copts were attacked in nine provinces „causing panic, losses and destruction for no reason and no crimes they committed except being Christians,” the Maspero Youth Union, a Coptic activist group, told USA Today.

while Egyptian Street reports:

Violence in Egypt has taken a dark turn for sectarianism as more than 45 churches and Coptic institutions were torched or stormed across the country.

In cities across Egypt, from Sohag and Minya to Cairo and Assiut, Islamists took to the streets attacking churches. In one case in Minya, a Coptic man and his wife were detained before being killed by armed individuals.

In one incident, Islamists torched parts of one of Egypt’s oldest churches that was reportedly built in the 4th Century.

In a frantic email to Egyptian Streets, a Coptic student in Minya said, “They are burning everything we own, and there is no security in sight. Is this Islam? Is this what the Muslim Brotherhood want? To burn Egypt to the grounds!”

Muslim Brotherhood Continue to Kill Christians and Children in Egypt

Photo via www.guardian.co.uk

via the ChristianPost

On July 7th, masked men shot dead a Coptic priest and other attacks on the minority group were reported in Egypt after the military ousted President Mohamed Morsi, who is from the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood that now appears to be seeking revenge from Christians for allegedly supporting the „coup.”

The priest, identified as Mina Aboud Sharween, was shot dead in the coastal city of El Arish in North Sinai Governate on Saturday. Gunmen, believed to be from the Brotherhood, came on a motorcycle and killed the 39-year-old priest, according to the local news site Egypt Independent.

On Friday, a Coptic Christian, identified as Magdy Iskandar Farid, was injured and houses and shops belonging to Christians were burned near the al-Dabe’iy area in southern Luxor Governorate. The attack followed rumors that Copts had killed a Muslim man, according to AINA news agency, which also reported that hundreds of Coptic Christians have fled the area. 

The Tagammu Party in Egypt has strongly condemned renewed attacks on Christians in several cities and provinces of the country following President Morsi’s ousting. The party has highlighted that the Muslim Brotherhood has made attempts, in vain, to seize power by carrying out violence against peaceful demonstrators, as well as brutally killing and intimidating Christians. „The Brotherhood is madly trying in vain to seize rule of the country though people do not want the rule of its guidance office,” the party said in a statement on Monday.

„In the face of angry demonstrations against them, and instead of listening to the voice of reason, the Brotherhood used automatic rifles and swords against unarmed demonstrators and killed children and threw them from the top of buildings. Egypt has never seen this brutality and it has nothing to do with religion, nationality or morality.”

„The brutal crimes have extended to kill Christians, our partners in the homeland, for no reason but to scare them. There was the criminal murder of a priest while he was standing in front of a church in Arish, a Christian engineer was kidnapped in Arish while he was leaving his house, five Christians were killed in Luxor and the homes of Copts were burned. In Delga village, Minya, Copts were terrorized and a Catholic church was torched over incitement of a Brotherhood pharmacist. Intimidation of Copts is occurring in several places,” the statement added.

„If the army did not take action, how many children would die? How many Christians would fall? How many churches would be demolished? How many children would be massacred?” the party questioned. „The Brotherhood criminals are fighting their last battle and the people’s hate of them is increasing.

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