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Muslim-Christian Clashes Erupt in Egypt

ICC Note

In the past, Egyptian Christians have come under increased attacks during the Christmas season. Please pray for their safety and protection so that they will celebrate this year’s Christmas peacefully.

12/17/2008 Egypt (The United Copts of Great Britain) – Several people were wounded in renewed clashes between Muslims and Christians in Egypt over the past week.

Christians, also known as Copts, were on their way to a monastery to pray when children hurled stones at them, according to a report in the London-based A-Sharq Al-Awsat.

Stones were also hurled at Christians in a separate incident in the north east of the country, in Minya Al-Qamh, as Christian worshipers made their way to a building set to be transformed into a church.

Sectarian tensions are a recurring theme in Egypt . Christians make up around 10 percent of the country’s 80 million inhabitants, constituting the largest Christian community in the Middle East .

Rights groups say the Copts in Egypt face discrimination and harassment from the Egyptian authorities. Copts complain of fewer rights than Muslims, and say they are refused positions of authority in some sectors of the government, the military and academia.

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