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On March 5, a Muslim mob burned down a church in the village of Soul, 30 kilometers outside of Cairo. Days later, Coptic Christians from Mokattam, a poor Coptic suburb of Cairo, were on their way to join a demonstration in downtown Cairo denouncing the attack. The group was confronted by a Muslim mob that began throwing stones at them. At first the military stood by watching, then shot in the air, then at the Coptic protestors. The confrontation got out of hand and eleven people were killed, mostly Christians.

“We were at one side and the Muslims on the other, we had hundreds of injured at the Coptic side,” said an eyewitness. “The Muslims were also shooting from behind the army tanks.”

“The current situation in Egypt is tense and insecure,” an Evangelical Egyptian Christian told ICC. “The security does not exist and we hear a lot of cases of kidnapping of girls, rape, and robbery. We often hear the sound of gunshots. Today, we did not let our children go to school out of fear.”

ICC brought aid to families whose caretakers were killed in the violence. Here a Coptic boy who was injured in the attack receives medical attention. Today, more than a hundred patients who cannot afford treatment remain in the hospital.

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