Suspected Islamist militants killed at least 24 policemen in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Monday, the day after police killed 36 prisoners from the Muslim Brotherhood during an attempted prison break in Cairo, as neither supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi nor the country's military leaders are willing to back down.
At least 24 policemen were killed in a grenade and machinegun attack on Monday near the north Sinai town of Rafah on the border with Israel, according to Reuters, which also said at least 850 people have been killed since the security forces cleared two of the sit-in camps of Morsi's supporters in Cairo last Wednesday.
The Brotherhood, an Islamist group that operated underground until the fall of dictatorial President Hosni Mubarak after the 2011 uprising, claims the country's military has reversed the revolution, and is calling for reinstatement of Morsi, who was ousted on July 3. more >>
Islamists burned down a Christian school, paraded three nuns on the streets like "prisoners of war," and sexually abused two other female staff even as at least 58 attacks on Christians and their property were reported across Egypt over the last four days. At least two Christians have died in the attacks.
Islamist supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi have attacked at least 58 churches, Christian institutions, homes and shops since Wednesday, when Egyptian security forces cleared two of their sit-in camps in Cairo, according to a list Asia News received from the Catholic Church in Egypt.
The Islamists are calling for reinstatement of Morsi, who is from the Muslim Brotherhood and was ousted by the military on July 3. Hundreds of Morsi's supporters were killed as police cleared the sit-in camps, and the others went on a rampage. more >>
(The following analysis about the horrific violence across Egypt was written by a Christian leader in Egypt. He is unnamed due to security concerns).
The words are heavy to put together this morning. The sad day of yesterday (Aug. 14) resulted in a sleepless night not only for me, but also for millions of Christian and Muslim Egyptians who love this country and genuinely seek its good and welfare. It was a day of many tears, pain and agony for what Egypt witnessed for the violence that resulted. According to the official report of the Egyptian Ministry of Health, there were 235 deaths and 2001 injuries. The number of casualties and injuries reported by the Muslim Brotherhood and promoted by Al-Jazeera and other Muslim Brotherhood-supporting media channels are of course much higher.
This is not the time to sit to at a discussion table to decide who is right and who is wrong or what should or should not have been done in the first place. The issue now is not either to decide whether Muslim Brotherhood protesters who were forced to leave Rabaa-el Adawia and Nahda Squares (where they have camped and blocked the streets for the last 45 days) were peaceful protestors who had a legitimate political case to defend or were not. I can pretty much go further to say that it's not even the time to weep over tens of churches, Christian buildings, schools, Bible bookshops, shops and houses of Christians that have never systematically been targeted, looted, attacked or burnt down like what happened yesterday in Minya, Assiut, Sohag and several other cities. more >>
Naguib Sawiris, a Coptic businessman and founder of the Egyptian Liberals Party, said Egyptians need to unite in the face of terrorism in light of the recent violent attacks by Morsi supporters.
"Democracy dies if it succumbs to violence and rioting. In order to achieve democracy we must fight against terrorism," he explained.
On Thursday, the businessman wrote on Twitter that the Egyptian people have spoken and authorized the army and police to combat terrorism, saying, "Now the hour of unity and self-reliance has come to confront terrorism and its supporters abroad." more >>
Several militants have attacked St. George Church in Hadaek Helwan, Cairo, throwing Molotov cocktails and opening fire on the building during a pro-Morsi march in the area.
Outer parts of the church were burned and the demonstrators attacked Christian Copts who had gathered to protect the church before security forces reached the scene resulting in several injuries.
"Extremists assaulted the church with Molotov cocktails, while security and military forces confronted them. Local Muslims formed committees to protect the church," H.G. Bishop Besenti of Helwan and Masara told Mideast Christian News. more >>
Most Egyptians say they were happier under the dictatorial President Hosni Mubarak than during the presidency of Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi, according to a Gallup survey released Friday. The pessimism, coupled with the ongoing violence, points to "a dark and concerning path for the country."
Asked if they thought Egypt was better off or worse off than it was before Mubarak's resignation in 2011, 80 percent of Egyptians said it was worse off, according to the results of Gallup's face-to-face interviews with 1,149 Egyptians aged 15 and older between June 12 and 19 in that country.
Asked to guess if Egypt would be better off or worse off five years from now, half of the respondents said their country was likely to be worse off. Thirty-two percent said it would be better off. more >>