The wounded mother of a 12-year-old girl killed at a church wedding on Oct. 20 in suburban Cairo lay in a hospital bed on Thursday (Oct. 24), lost in anguish.
Howida Refaat Azer, 30, had spent days slipping in and out of consciousness following operations on her right leg, and that afternoon her family finally gained the courage to tell her that her daughter, Mariam Nabil Fahmy Azer, had been shot dead in an attack that killed three other wedding guests. Hours later, Azer was shifting back and forth between numbness and agony as five women encircling her bed tried and failed to console her.
During a period of calm, she stared ahead, expressionless and void, then suddenly lifted her head off her pillow, looked at the ceiling and cried out the name of her daughter. more >>
Kamal Zakher, founder of the Coptic Secular Current, has said what happened in Warraq - where a Christian wedding was attacked - has revealed imbalances within the Egyptian government when it comes to their response regarding violence aimed at religious minorities.
Zakher insited that Christians are "Coptic brothers" and not just "Christian Egyptian citizens." He added that condolences were only offered to the church and not to the Egyptian people who were the real target of this criminal act.
Zakher recently penned an article in the Bawaba News portal, where he wrote that the Warraq's incident may have revealed a failure of the security information apparatus in a context that supposes the expectation of such criminal acts. Especially with the availability of recordings issued by terrorist groups confirming that the phase following the dispersal of the sit-ins in Rabaa el-Adaweya and Nahda square would witness an extended wave of terrorist crimes against Copts, as a part of a plan to exhaust the state until it falls. more >>
The Salafi Al-Nour, a hardline Islamic Party, rejected referring to the Egyptian state as "civil" in the country's new constitution, which is currently being amended.
Salah Abdel Maaboud, the 50-member party's representative, said that his party refuses to include the words "civil" and "democratic" in the first article of the new constitution.
The Nour party representatives had refused to stand up during the national anthem and at the committee's opening session claiming that saluting the flag has nothing to do with Islam, as well as being in conflict with their desire to outlaw music. more >>
The Revolutionary Socialists (RS) movement on Tuesday denounced the massacre at the Virgin Mary Church in Warraq, Giza which killed four people and left 18 injured.
"As long as the state deliberately fails to fulfill its role towards the protection of the property and the churches of Copts, sectarian violence will continue ablaze until further notice," the group said in a statement.
The movement demanded the dismissal of the entire government, which the movement accused of failing to provide security for its citizens, saying it would stand against attacks waged by reactionary forces against Copts. more >>
President of the Supporters of Human Rights Association, Dr. Omar El-Sabakhi, insisted the Warraq church massacre was expected and security forces once again failed to take any action.
El-Sabakhi described the attack as "a heinous crime that is despised by all religions and morals."
"The war against terrorism took place in the nineties between state and terrorist groups. Now, the war is between these terrorist groups and the public as a whole," El Sabakhi told Mideast Christian News. more >>
A feud over land in a city south of Cairo, Egypt between two Coptic families has resulted in five deaths and nine injuries after gunfire broke out Wednesday, local authorities are reporting.
The conflict took place Wednesday in the city of Malawi in the province of Minya, south of Cairo, when two quarreling families reportedly opened gunfire on each other over a dispute regarding land. A local police official speaking on the condition of anonymity told the Associated Press that three of the nine who were injured in the feud are in critical condition. Land disputes in the North African country's rural areas have long been an issue, but they have escalated since the ousting of former president Hosni Mubarak and the subsequent instability of the government and security forces.
Copts make up about 10 percent of Egypt's 90 million population, the majority being Muslim. Recent attacks on Copts in the country by factions of Islamic extremists have resulted in community leaders calling on the government to take a proactive role in protecting religious minorities. more >>