I received the following email just now from Assad Elepty, an expat Egyptian Coptic Christian
I am working on translating and subtitling the three links here but I will post the links in case any of you speak Arabic
Islamists in the town of Al Ayat (about 50km south of Cairo) are attacking another Coptic Church.
The parish priest Father Hosea was trapped inside with three deacons.
They have managed to escape with the help of Noble Copts and armed muslims keeping the mob at bay.
The Islamist Mob have entered the church and commenced destroying it.
Sacred Icons and relics have been thrown on the streets, trampled and destroyed.
The church has been set on fire.
The neighbouring Copts are under siege and locked up in their homes.
There is no Police or security.
The Army said it will deploy personnel. Six tanks have rolled up but unable to stop the mob,
they cant not fire upon the mob with 76mm projectiles.
The ARMY did NOT send SOLDIERS to regain control.
ICU (International Christian Union) have been made aware and they are attempting to attain further details via diplomatic channels.
Please Pray for the safety of the Copts and our Holy Churches..
Egypt is degenerating into Anarchy.
In a separate Incident a bigoted Islamist Governor ordered the demolition of a 5 storey Coptic building that has full approval and was inaugurated by him during the opening a number of years ago.
Full story here http://www.aina.org/news/20110301212431.htm