Muslim-Coptic Violence Resumes in Egypt (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Chana Ya´ar 08/02/12)
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Muslims attacked a Coptic church in a village near Cairo Wednesday in
the first such incident since Mohamed Morsi became president.
At least 16 people were wounded in the melee, among them 10 police
officers, authorities said.
The Muslim rioters were intent on torching the church in the village
of Dahshur, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Cairo. They were
stopped by police who fired teargas at the mob.
Instead, the Muslim rioters attacked other Christian properties,
setting them ablaze, and torched three police cars as well.
The mob “looted and torched shops, including a jewelry store … they
terrorized the local community, forcing them to leave their homes,”
according to office of the local Coptic Archbishop of Giza.
The cleric´s office reported that the entire Christian population had
fled the village of Dahshur.
Muslim attacks on the Coptic minority are not unusual in Egypt;
Coptic Christians comprise only 10 percent of the population of some
80 million people in the country.
Before the latest elected parliament was dissolved, it was entirely
controlled by the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood. Egypt´s new president
is a member of the same party.
This latest incident was triggered by the death on Tuesday of a
Muslim man who was wounded in an earlier clash on Friday. He was
burned Tuesday night, sparking Wednesday´s riot.
The clash began when an angry Muslim accused a Christian laundry
worker of burning his shirt while ironing it. The argument ballooned
into a clash that led to Muslims and Christians hurling firebombs
(Molotov cocktails) at each other, leading to the man´s injury and
subsequent death. (IsraelNationalNews © 2011 08/02/12)
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