- Category: News
- Created on Friday, 03 August 2012 07:25
- Chana Ya’ari – Arutz Sheva
violence against CoptsMuslims 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.