A Muslim mob torched and looted the homes of 80 Christian families in the Al-Beida village in Egypt, looking to punish them for wanting to turn one of the buildings in the village into a church so they can worship.
International Christian Concern, which reports on persecution against Christians around the world, said the violence occurred last Friday.
One witness, Christian resident Mousa Zarif, recalled the events: "On Friday afternoon, following Friday noon prayer, a great deal of fanatic Muslims gathered in the front of the new house of my cousin, Naim Aziz, during its construction because of a rumor spread in the village that this building would be turned into a church." more >>
Egypt's president has vowed to bring down a Muslim mob that burned Christians' homes earlier this month and stripped a 70-year-old Christian grandmother naked after her son was accused of having an affair with a Muslim woman.
As reported by The Christian Post last week, seven Christians' homes in the Minya governorate of Egypt were torched and ransacked by hundreds of Muslims on May 20 after rumors circulated that a Christian man had romantic relations with a Muslim woman.
Although the man who is the subject of the rumors fled from the community along with his wife and children on May 19, remaining Christians and their family members were left to be persecuted. more >>
An Orthodox Coptic church south of Cairo has reported that seven Christian homes were torched and ransacked by an angry Muslim mob who also humiliated a Christian mother by stripping her naked after her son was allegedly involved in an affair with a Muslim woman.
The Associated Press reported that the attack occurred last week, with the Christian man in question having fled the village in Minya province.
Anba Makarios, Minya's top Christian cleric, explained that the Christian mother was dragged out of her home, was beaten, insulted, and stripped naked on the streets, with the Muslim crowd chanting Allahu Akbar, or "God is great." more >>
Even as investigators said Saturday that smoke was detected in multiple places inside the EgyptAir flight minutes before it crashed into the Mediterranean Sea with 66 people on board last week, an intelligence firm said an act of terror cannot be ruled out just because no jihadist group has claimed responsibility thus far.
The French air accident investigation agency said smoke was detected in multiple places in the EgyptAir Flight 804 before Thursday, but the cause remains unclear, according to The Associated Press, which quoted spokesman Sebastien Barthe as saying that the plane's automatic detection system sent messages indicating smoke a few minutes before it disappeared from radar while flying over the eastern Mediterranean from Paris to Cairo.
The messages "generally mean the start of a fire," he explained. more >>
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump laid out his suspicions that EgyptAir Flight MS804 which crashed in the Mediterranean Sea with 66 people on board on Thursday was the result of a terror attack.
"Looks like yet another terrorist attack. Airplane departed from Paris. When will we get tough, smart and vigilant? Great hate and sickness," Trump Tweeted Thursday in the wake of the incident.
On Friday morning, Egyptian Army spokesman Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir confirmed that search jets and naval vessels have discovered "personal belongings of the passengers and parts of the plane debris" 180 miles north of Alexandria, though the cause of the crash has not yet been determined. more >>
CAIRO — The Egyptian military found the personal belongings of passengers and other debris from an EgyptAir jet floating in the Mediterranean, Cairo said on Friday, confirming that the plane had plunged into the sea with 66 people on board.
The navy said it had found the debris about 290 km (180 miles) north of the coastal city of Alexandria and was sweeping the area in search of the plane's black box recorders.
President Adbel Fattah al-Sisi offered condolences for those on board, amounting to Cairo's official confirmation of their deaths. more >>