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Churches across Egypt attacked

August 14, 2013 by Open Doors in

Coptic Kids at St. George in Sohag, Egypt - after church was attacked by Morsi supporters

Photo: CopticMembers of an ethnic religious group from North Africa but primarily Egypt, where they are the largest Christian denomination in the country. Kids at St. George in Sohag, Egypt – after church was attacked by Morsi supporters

Numerous Christian churches across Egypt were attacked on Wednesday by mobs angered by the military’s armed crackdown on protesters in Cairo. The official death toll has passed 500; a state of emergency and curfew are in effect.

St George's Cathedral. Sohag. Southern Egypt just burnt by Muslim Brotherhood supporters.

Photo: St George’s Cathedral. Sohag, Southern Egypt just burnt by Muslim Brotherhood supporters.

Watani International provided the following tally of assaults on Christian churches and other buildings:

  • Three churches and six buildings at the monastery of the Holy Virgin and Anba Abra’am in Dalga, Minya, Upper Egypt
  • The church of Mar-Mina in the district of Abu-Hilal in the town of Minya
  • The bishopric church of Mar-Girgis (St George) in Sohag, Upper Egypt (video below)
  • The church of the Holy Virgin in Nazla, Fayoum, Lower Egypt
  • The Baptist church in Beni-Mazar, Minya
  • Coptic-owned shops in Gumhouriya Street in Assiut, Upper Egypt
  • The Good Shepherd School in Suez
  • The Fransiscan School in Suez
  • Bible Society of Egypt bookstore in Fayoum
  • The church of al-Amir Tawadros (St Theodore) in Fayoum
  •  The church of the Holy Virgin in the district of Abu-Hilal in the town of Minya
  • The Catholic church of St Mark, Minya
  • The Jesuit church in Abu-Hilal, Minya
  • The church of Mar-Morqos (St Mark) and its community centre, Sohag
  • 18 houses of Coptic families in Dalga, Minya, including the home of Father Angaelus Melek of the Holy Virgin and Anba Abra’am’s The Evangelical church on Nassara Street in Abu-Hilal, Minya
  • The church of Anba Moussa al-Aswad in Minya
  •  Coptic-owned shops, pharmacies, and a doctor’s clinic in Minya (photo below)

Photo of fire set in a shop owned by coptic citizen in El minya governorate upper Egypt

Photo: Fire set in a shop owned by coptic citizen in El minya governorate upper Egypt.

  • The Jesuit church in Minya (attacked, not burned)
  • The St Fatima Basilica in Cairo (attacked, not burned)
  • St Joseph’s School in Minya (attacked, not burned)
  • The Nile boat al-Dahabiya, owned by the Evangelical Church in Minya
  • Coptic-owned shops, pharmacy, and hotels on Karnak Street and Cleopatra Street in Luxor (attacked and looted)
  • The church of Mar-Girgis (St George) in Wasta (attacked)
  • The church of St Michael on Nemeis Street in Assiut, Upper Egypt
  • The Adventist church in Assiut; the pastor and his wife were both kidnapped
  • The Greek church in Suez
  • The church of Mar-Girgis in Assiut
  •  Coptic houses on Qulta Street in Assiut attacked
  •  The church of Mar-Girgis (St George) in Arish, North Sina
  •  The church of St Dimiana and the Evangelical church in the village of Zerbi in Fayoum
  • The offices of the Evangelical foundation in Minya, and those of Umm al-Nour in Beni-Mazar, Minya
  •  The church of Anba Antonius in Kerdassa, Giza
  • The bishopric church in Etfeeh, Giza

A church burning in Sohag, multiple angles

Photo: A church burning in Sohag, multiple angles.

Additionally, the Bible Society of Egypt reported that another of its bookstores, in Minya, was burned.

Source: World Watch Monitor

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