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10 Christians, 1 Muslim Killed in Sectarian Clashes in Egypt

By Mary Abdelmassih

Cairo (AINA) -- Clashes between Muslims and Christians erupted yesterday in the Al-Khosous district of Qaliubia province. According to reports, ten Coptic Christians and one Muslim were killed. The violence broke out after swastikas were drawn on the side of a mosque wall. The Muslims claimed the swastikas were drawn by Christian children, but the Qaliubia security forces manager, Mohamad Yousry , said it was two Muslim children who drew the swastikas and that the mosque Imam chided them. But some Christians and Muslims got involved in the incident and it escalated from there. He added that rumors of Christians drawing crosses on the mosque's walls were circulated by Muslims.

5 killed in clashes between Muslims, Christians in Egypt near Cairo

By Associated Press,

Mohammed Nouhan, El Shorouk Newspaper/ Associated Press ) - Onlookers gather at the house of Egyptian Christian, Samir Iskandar which was burned during clashes between Muslims and Christians in Qalubiya, just outside Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 6, 2013. Several Egyptians including 4 Christians and a Muslim were killed in sectarian clashes before dawn on Saturday, security officials said.

CAIRO — Clashes between Egyptian Muslims and Christians erupted early Saturday in a town near Cairo, leaving at least five people dead, security officials said.

Investigators said they were waiting for autopsy reports to confirm how the men — four Christians and a Muslim — were killed in the small town of Khosoos, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of the capital.

 

Kidnappers target Christians in Egyptian province

By HAMZA HENDAWI

The Associated Press

 

MATAI, Egypt (AP) - Ezzat Kromer's resistance to his kidnappers did not last long. One of the masked gunmen fired a round between his feet as he sat behind the wheel of his car and said with chilling calm, "The next one will go into your heart."

The Christian gynecologist says he was bundled into his abductors' vehicle, forced to lie under their feet in the back seat for a 45-minute ride, then dumped in a small cold room while his kidnappers contacted his family over a ransom.

For the next 27 hours, he endured beatings, insults and threats to his life, while blindfolded, a bandage sealing his mouth and cotton balls in his ears.

Kromer's case is part of a dramatic rise of kidnappings targeting Christians, including children, in Egypt's southern province of Minya, home to the country's largest concentration of Christians but also a heartland for Islamist hard-liners.

 

Egyptian mosque turned into house of torture for Christians after Muslim Brotherhood protest

FoxNews.com

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    Amir Ayad lies in a hospital bed after he was allegedly beaten by Islamic hardliners who stormed a mosque in suburban Cairo. (MidEast Christian News

Islamic hard-liners stormed a mosque in suburban Cairo, turning it into torture chamber for Christians who had been demonstrating against the ruling Muslim Brotherhood in the latest case of violent persecution that experts fear will only get worse.

Such stories have become increasingly common as tensions between Egypt’s Muslims and Copts mount, but in the latest case, mosque officials corroborated much of the account and even filed a police report. Demonstrators, some of whom were Muslim, say they were taken from the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in suburban Cairo to a nearby mosque on Friday and tortured for hours by hard-line militia members.

 

“There is no longer anything to hold them back. The floodgates are open.”

 
عضو باتحاد "ماسبيرو": الناشط القبطي أمير عياد تم اختطافه من قبل "الإخوان" في المقطم وتعذيبه
أميرة هشام
   

نقل مينا ثابت، عضو اتحاد شباب ماسبيرو، عن أمير عياد، عضو جبهة الشباب القبطى، الذي اختفى خلال أحداث المقطم أمس الجمعة، أن الأخير تم اقتياده مع مجموعة كبيرة من الشباب من قبل شباب الإخوان المسلمين وتم احتجازهم بأحد المساجد، على حد قوله.

وقال ثابت المتواجد بمستشفى الهلال الذي يعالج فيها عياد حاليًا، أنه لا يعرف اسم المسجد الذي تم اقتيادهم إليه، وأنه يتوقع أن يكون مسجد بلال

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تلقي اللواء أحمد سليمان مدير أمن المنيا تلقى إخطارا من مأمور مركز شرطة "بني مزار" بتلقيه بلاغ من الخدمة المعينة لتأمين وملاحظة الحالة على كنيسة السيدة العذراء بقرية" ابو العباس" بتجمع 150 شخص من مسلمي القرية أمام الكنيسة لاعتراضهم على قيام راعى الكنيسة القس ميخائيل إبراهيم بهدم حائط منزل ملاصق للكنيسة ملك "عماد فوزي صادق" وذلك تمهيدًا لضم المنزل للكنيسة.

وتحرر عن الواقعة المحضر رقم 2474 لسنة 2013 أدارى مركز بنى مزار ،وتم عقد لقاء بمركز الشرطة مع كبار عائلات القرية بعد انتقال الاهالى إلى الكنيسة لمعاينة التعديات وإجبار راعى الكنيسة بإعادة الحال إلى ما كان عليه وبناء الحائط مرة أخرى.

حريق محدود بكنيسة قبطية بالجيزة والسبب مجهول

نادر شكرى

قال القس ديمتريوس كاهن كنيسة العذراء وماريوحنا بمنطقة المساكن بكفر طهرمس بمحافظة الجيزة انه نشب حريق محدود باعلى مبنى الكنيسة مساء اليوم وتمكنت سيارات الاطفاء من السطرة عليه قبل انتقاله الى مبنى الكنيسة والمبانى المجاورة
واشار ان الجزء الذى شب الحريق فيه يعلوا المبنى وهو عبارة عن استراحة مكشوفه بها بعض المقاعد التى تستخدم احيانا لاستراحة الاسر او اقامة انشطه شبابية مشيرا ان الاستراحه كانت مغلقه ولم يكن بها انشطه فى هذا التوقيت الشتوى حتى فؤجئنا بالحريق الذى خرجت منه السنه اللهيب وادت لخسائر فى المقاعد الخشبية وبعض الاخشاب والاثاث فى الدور كله ولكن لم تصل النيران الى مبنى الكنيسة الداخلى .
وتابع ان اجهزة الشرطه قامت بمعاينة الحادث وتقوم برفع الادلة الجنائية ولم يعرف حتى الان الاسباب وراء الحادث

قال القس ديمتريوس كاهن كنيسة العذراء وماريوحنا بمنطقة المساكن بكفر طهرمس بمحافظة الجيزة انه نشب حريق محدود باعلى مبنى الكنيسة مساء اليوم وتمكنت سيارات الاطفاء من السطرة عليه قبل انتقاله الى مبنى الكنيسة والمبانى المجاورة
واشار ان الجزء الذى شب الحريق فيه يعلوا المبنى وهو عبارة عن استراحة مكشوفه بها بعض المقاعد التى تستخدم احيانا لاستراحة الاسر او اقامة انشطه شبابية مشيرا ان الاستراحه كانت مغلقه ولم يكن بها انشطه فى هذا التوقيت الشتوى حتى فؤجئنا بالحريق الذى خرجت منه السنه اللهيب وادت لخسائر فى المقاعد الخشبية وبعض الاخشاب والاثاث فى الدور كله ولكن لم تصل النيران الى مبنى الكنيسة الداخلى .
وتابع ان اجهزة الشرطه قامت بمعاينة الحادث وتقوم برفع الادلة الجنائية ولم يعرف حتى الان الاسباب وراء الحادث

 

Egytian Muslims Accuse Priest of Using Black Magic on Muslim Girl

By Mary Abdelmassih

(AINA) -- Hundreds of Muslims marched for the second day through the street of the Egyptian town of El-Wasta, 90 kilometers south of Cairo in Beni Suef Province, to protest the disappearance of a young Muslim girl, Rania Shazli, and accuse the priest of St. George's Church in Wasta of using black magic to lure her to Christianity.

The girl's uncle lead a group of Muslims to force the Copts in town to close all their businesses until the girl is brought back to her family. Coptic owners who refused were forcefully shut down. The Shazli family, supported by local Salafists, threatened to kidnap a Christian girl if their daughter is not brought back and vowed to destroy the church after prayers on Friday, March 22nd.

 

 
Torture Likely Led to Death of Egyptian Christian in Libya,
Sources Say Beatings, electrical shock exacerbated serious heart condition.
By Our Middle East Correspondent
Ezzat Hakim Atallah’s widow, Ragaa Nagah (with ponytail), collapses with grief upon arrival to Cairo’s airport. (Morning Star News photo)
CAIRO, Egypt, March 14, 2013 (Morning Star News) – Repeated electrical shock torture of an Egyptian Christian accused of “proselytizing” in Libya likely exacerbated his heart ailment, leading to his death in custody, according to sources close to the deceased.
 
Ezzat Hakim Atallah died on Sunday (March 10) in a Tripoli jail while in the custody of an Islamic militia group known as the Preventative Security Unit. He was 45.

 

Egyptian Christian who died in Libya prison buried

By MAMDOUH THABET The Associated Press

 
Ragaa Abdallah, right, the wife of an Egyptian Christian who died in prison in Libya after he was detained on suspicion of having proselytized there has been buried in a subdued ceremony in his hometown, mourns during his funeral in Assuit, Egypt, Wednesday, March 13, 2012 in southern Egypt. The local church head Priest Baqi Sadaqa told the funeral congregation on Wednesday that Ezzat Atallah's death earlier this week was a "crime against Egypt."
 

Ragaa Abdallah, right, the wife of an Egyptian Christian who died in prison in Libya after he was detained on suspicion of having proselytized there has been buried in a subdued ceremony in his hometown, mourns during his funeral in Assuit, Egypt, Wednesday, March 13, 2012 in southern Egypt. The local church head Priest Baqi Sadaqa told the funeral congregation on Wednesday that Ezzat Atallah's death earlier this week was a "crime against Egypt." Mamdouh Thabet / AP Photo
Photo By MAMDOUH THABET

ASSIUT, Egypt -- An Egyptian Christian who died in prison in Libya after he was detained on suspicion of having proselytized there has been buried in a subdued ceremony in his hometown in southern Egypt.
Local church head Priest Baqi Sadaqa told the funeral congregation Wednesday that Ezzat Atallah's death earlier this week was a "crime against Egypt," and expressed concern about Islamists' rising clout in Egypt and Libya.
Sadaqa says Attalah was tortured. An Egyptian diplomat has said he likely died of natural causes. Attalah suffered from diabetes and heart troubles.

 

Mystery of Muslim woman's disappearance leaves Kom Ombo in crisis

Kom Ombo in Upper Egypt is in turmoil after rumours a Muslim woman was abducted by the Coptic Church and converted to Christianity — a charge her family denies

Salma Shukrallah in Kom Ombo (Aswan )

Crowds inside church during attacks(Photo: Ahram Online)

A rumour has spread in the Upper Egyptian city of Kom Ombo that a divorced Muslim woman in her mid-30s was kidnapped by the Coptic Church and converted to Christianity. In an area divided by tribal and religious allegiances, the story has fuelled violence against the area's Christian minority.

 

The city's largest church, the Church of Mar Girgis, has been under attack for the past three days by what residents describe as "unknown assailants." Mostly in their teens, hundreds of young boys and men have been surrounding the church and pelting it with rocks and Molotov cocktails.

  Egypt: Missing Muslim Woman Found After Riot

 

 

A senior security official says a missing Muslim woman suspected of conversion to Christianity has been found. Her disappearance set off rioting in southern Egypt.

Muslims stormed a church in Kom Ombo, charging that the woman was being held there.

Major General Hassan Abdul-Hay, security chief of Aswan, told reporters late Saturday that "family and social reasons," not religion, were behind her disappearance, and she had not converted. He gave no other details.

Hundreds of Muslims threw firebombs and rocks Thursday night at the church, injuring 11 policemen and 12 Christians.

Clashes between Coptic Christians and Muslims usually are sparked by rumors of conversion, Muslim-Christian love affairs and construction of churches.

Coptic Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt's population. They have long complained of state discrimination.

 

Egypt releases Salafist held for insulting Christianity

 

Brotherhood justice: Capital punishment for anyone who insults Islam, and release on bail for anyone who attacks any other religion.

Did judges give in to pressure of hardliners?

CAIRO - A controversial Egyptian Islamist was freed on bail on Monday after he was held in custody for four days on charges of insulting Christianity, a judicial official said.

Ahmed Abdullah, an extremist preacher also known as Abu Islam, was arrested after Coptic Christian activist Nagib Gibrail accused him of insulting Christianity on a television show.

He was held for four days on orders of the state prosecutor and released on bail of 20,000 Egyptian pounds (around $3,000), the judicial official said.

 

Copts Protest Church Attack in Egypt -- Church Attacked Again

By Mary Abdelmassih

(AINA) -- Hundreds of Copts rallied on Sunday evening against the torching of St. Georges church in Sarsena on Friday (AINA 2-16-2013), as well as the escalation of destruction of churches by Muslims. Several Coptic rights groups organized a march from Shubra, a densely populated area in Cairo, to the High Court building in downtown Cairo, to "demand justice" as the organizers said.

Demonstrators demanded the Sarsena church be rebuilt and the perpetrators be prosecuted, in addition to the assailants of previous attacks on the churches during the last two years since the ousting of Mubarak. They also demanded an end to the customary "reconciliation" meetings forced on Copts by the authorities, in which Copts lose all their rights.

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Muslim Villagers in Egypt Attack Church

Second assault on Christian properties in province in less than five weeks.

By Our Middle East Correspondent

http://morningstarnews.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7ec6d7eb2533a90581f839110&id=dbcb98e2e2&e=b2cec00157CAIRO, Egypt, February 17, 2013 (Morning Star News) –

Muslim villagers in Egypt’s Fayoum Province attacked a church this weekend – pelting four Christians with rocks, setting parts of the church building on fire and tearing down a cross atop the structure, witnesses said.

The second assault on property of the province’s Coptic Christians in a little over a month, the attack on the Church of Mar Girgis began Friday (Feb. 15) at 3 p.m., after the church’s worship services in the town of Tamiyyah, 64 miles (103 kilometers) southwest of Cairo.

“It was an ordinary day, starting with the liturgy and Sunday school,” said a 30-year-old Coptic Orthodox Christian who attends the church. “As usual, most people leave after services, but a few people stayed at the church. While we were sitting, we saw all these people coming like they do on the television at Tahrir Square, coming to attack the church.”

     
الاعتداء مجددًا على كنيسة سرسنا أثناء عقد ما يسمى بجلسة الصلح العرفي
  
إلقاء كرات مشتعلة مجددًا وهتافات "مش عايزين كنيسة"



الفيوم (مصر) في 16 فبراير/إم سي إن/ من نادر شكري

عقدت مساء اليوم ما يسمى بـ"جلسة صلح عرفية" بقرية سرسنا التابعة لمركز طامية بالفيوم لإنهاء أزمة كنيسة مارجرجس بالقرية عقب مهاجمتها مساء أمس وإلقاء كرات نار عليها احتجاجًا من أسرة مسلمة على انزعاجها من صوت الصلوات داخل الكنيسة
التي تقام يومي الأحد والجمعة، على الرغم من أنها تسكن بجانب الكنيسة منذ 15 عامًا ولم تشكُ من قبل.

عقدت الجلسة بحضور مأمور مركز طامية ورئيس مباحث طامية، و7 من الأقباط دون حضور أي من رجال الدين المسيحي وحضر من المسلمين الأسرة المسلمة المجاورة للكنيسة وأربعة شهود ومحكمين مسلمين، وأقيمت الجلسة في منزل شخص مسلم يدعى عبد الفتاح عبد الحميد ثم استكملت الجلسة في مركز شرطة طامية عقب تجدد الاعتداءات على الكنيسة أثناء الجلسة.

وانسحب أحد ممثلين الأقباط يدعى جميل إبراهيم من الجلسة احتجاجًا على معاودة الهجوم على الكنيسة أثناء انعقادها وأيضًا فرض شروط على الكنيسة وصفها بالمستبدة وتوصلت الجلسة إلى وضع محضر عرفي تضمن: أولًا ترك مساحة بين الجار المسلم والكنيسة بعرض 5 سم يتم ملئها بمادة عازلة للصوت، ثانيًا، بناء جدار بعرض 30 سم بطول عرض الكنيسة، أما الجزء الفضاء الموازي للكنيسة ويدخل في إطارها اشترطوا أن يقام كمخازن ولا يتم ضمه للكنيسة كمبنى للصلاة. ثالثًا عدم تعلية ارتفاع الكنيسة وتظل كما هي عليه الآن حيث ارتفاع المبنى لا يزيد عن 3 أمتار. رابعًا: تقوم الكنيسة بوضع طبقة عازلة أعلى مبنى الكنيسة، وطبقة من البلاط على سطح صاحب المنزل المسلم على نفقتها لاحتواء الصوت الداخلي للصلوات بعد الانتهاء من وضع المادة العازلة للصوت وبناء الجدار الفاصل.

  

Fayoum, Egypt: Islamic extremists attack Coptic church, wounding pastor

A crowd, incited by a Salafi leader, attacked the church of Saint Georgas. The Cross on the dome destroyed, part of the interior and the sacred images devastated. The police witnessed the violence, but did not intervene. Fr. Domadios saved by a Muslim family. In recent months, extremists had opened a hole in the wall to "monitor" his activities.

Cairo (AsiaNews / Agencies) - A mob, incited by local Salafi fringe, threw stones and set fire to the church of St. Georgas in the village of Sarsena, Tamiya District, in the Egyptian province of Fayoum, about 103 km south-west of Cairo. According to sources of the Assyrian International News Agency (Aina), the attack took place yesterday evening and caused damage, particularly to the dome of the place of Christian worship. The attack destroyed the towering cross on top of the building, and many of the icons and sacred images inside.

  

 عاجل: إحراق كنيسة مار جرجس بقرية سرسنا بالفيوم

الفيوم (مصر) في 15 فبراير /إم سي إن/ من نادر شكري


قامت مجموعات من مسلمي قرية سرسنا التابعة لمركز طامية بالفيوم (92 كم جنوب غرب القاهرة)، مساء اليوم، بإشعال النيران بكنيسة مارجرجس بالقرية، وقذفها بالطوب، مما أسفر عن هدم جزء من قبتها، وكسر صليب أعلى القبة، وتدمير أجزاء بداخلها من مقصورة وأيقونات، وذلك بعد أن اعترض أحد السلفيين على وجود الكنيسة بجوار منزل مسلم، وقيامه بتحريض الأهالي للهجوم على الكنيسة، في وجود مأمور قسم شرطة طامية ونقطة شرطة سرسنا، الذي كان يتفاوض مع مسلمي القرية في وجود كاهن الكنيسة قبل بدء الهجوم.

وأوضح مصدر من أهالي القرية لـ/إم سي إن/ أن كنيسة مارجرجس تبلغ مساحتها حوالي 200م، وتم بنائها في أوائل الثمانينيات من القرن الماضي، وتخدم ما يزيد عن 180 أسرة مسيحية، وهي ملاصقة لمنزل أسرة مسلمة، مشيرا إلى أن أقباط القرية كانوا قد فوجئوا بقيام مسلمين بكسر جزء من جدار الكنيسة وفتح ثقب به منذ 3 أشهر لمراقبة ما يحدث داخلها، وتم عقد جلسة "صلح" عرفية، طالب المسلمون فيها بعدم ضم مساحة فضاء لا تزيد مساحتها عن 50 مترا داخل الكنيسة إلى مبنى الكنيسة وتعهد الكاهن بذلك، وعندما طالب الكاهن بإقامة حضانة للأطفال رفضوا، واستمر وجود الثقب في جدار الكنيسة كما هو، حتى بدأ أحد السلفيين في تحريض المسلمين على الكنيسة بقوله أنها "جار غير شرعي للمسلمين ولا يجوز وجودها"، كما أنه اعترض على أن يكون عداد الكهرباء باسم الأنبا ابرام أسقف الفيوم، معتبرا أن ذلك "غير شرعي".

Christianity Today 

More Convictions for Egypt's Maspero Massacre—But Copts not Soldiers

So far, no military officers convicted for October 2011 incident that killed 28 Copts.

Melissa Steffan

It's been more than a year since a military-induced massacre in Cairo, Egypt, killed 28 people—mostly Coptic Christians. But the only people convicted thus far have been the Christians themselves.

Last week, a Cairo court sentenced Michael Farag and Michael Shaker to three years in jail, charging them with inciting violence, destroying military vehicles, and deliberately attacking soldiers. Farag and Shaker were among the more than 30 Coptic civilians arrested following the massacre, 12 of whom were given life sentences last May.

   
Egyptian Christian Girl, 13, Abducted By Muslims
 
(AINA) -- On December 23, 2012, 13-year-old Agape Essam Girgis from the village of Nahda, el-Ameriya, near Alexandria, went to school as usual. Failing to return home, the family knew that she went out of school accompanied by the Muslim social worker Heba and two teachers, one of the them a Salafist. She stayed missing for 9 days during which the family and sympathizers organized a sit-in in front of the renowned Alexandria Library. The Coptic Church in Alexandria also organized a conference on December 30 on the abduction of Coptic girls, with focus on Agape, which was attended by journalists and the public.

On December 31 state security contacted Bishop Pachomios and told him that they have the kidnapped girl. She was handed over to her family and the church priest where she stayed with his family for some time due to the terrible ordeal she experienced during her abduction.


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