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 >>
Thousands of Coptic Christians arrived at the Church of the Virgin Mary in Cairo's Waraa neighborhood Monday to pay their respects to four victims who were shot and killed in the same building the night before during a wedding ceremony for three Coptic couples. The attack is the latest among increasing violence towards the Coptic minority from Islamic extremists in the country.
Various chants from funeral attendees could reportedly be heard as hundreds of Copts filed through the church's doors. "With our blood and souls, we will redeem the cross" some chanted as the four funeral caskets were about to be carried into the church, according to the Associated Press.
Some of those attending the tragic ceremony expressed anger towards Sunday night's shooters, yelling: "Justice or to die like them," and "Raise your head, you're Coptic." more >>
A prominent advocate for Coptic Christians has condemned the attack on Copts leaving the Virgin Mary Church in Warraq, Giza, following a wedding last week.
The incident left four Copts dead, including a child, and 18 wounded, including three Muslims.
Maspero Youth Union (MYU) called for a protest in front of the Egyptian cabinet to call on the government to try the Minister of the Interior for what they say is his involvement in the repeated attacks on Christian citizens. more >>
Four people, including an eight-year-old girl, were killed outside a wedding ceremony at a Coptic Christian church in Cairo after masked gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on Sunday night, local officials said.
The attack occurred when guests were leaving the Virgin Mary Church in Cairo's Waraa neighborhood, and is the latest violent incident against Christians in Egypt.
"What is happening is that all of Egypt is being targeted, not just the Christians," said Fr. Dawoud, a priest at the Virgin Mary Church. "Enough! People are getting sick and tired of this." more >>
The Muslim Brotherhood is practicing politics through a terrorist ideology, claims Nabil Metry, a member of the Executive Office of the Regional Association of Non-Governmental Organizations.
However, Metry noted that Egypt's Christian Copts are stronger than any terrorism and will remain in Egypt despite the extreme violence. Metry also noted that violence against Copts and the community increased when the Muslim Brotherhood was ousted from power.
Metry called for the deleting of Article III from Egypt's constitution, which allows Christians and Jews to resort to their own laws with regard to their personal status and choosing of their religious leaders, as well as Article 219 on interpretation of Islamic Shariah principles, according to Mideast Christian News. more >>
Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is set to stand trial along with 14 other Muslim Brotherhood members on November 4 for inciting murder and violence during his leadership of the country.
The charge is related to an incident on December 5, 2012, when Morsi allegedly called Muslim Brotherhoods supporters to rally against anti-government protests outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo, which resulted in the deaths of 10 people and hundreds of others injured, according to BBC News.
Morsi, along with the 14 other defendants from the Brotherhood, are expected to be tried before a criminal court, after a ruling by the Cairo Appeals Court on Wednesday. more >>