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ICC Note: Christians in Egypt held protests on Monday following the death of Ezzat Atallah, a Coptic Christian, who died in a Libyan prison last week, the Associated Press reports. While the Egyptian Foreign Ministry claimed that Atallah died from poor health due to diabetes and heart ailments, protestors suspect that poor prison conditions and possible torture contributed to his death. Atallah was one of more than 50 Christians arrested in February for allegedly distributing Christian materials and proselytizing. At least four foreign Christians, including a Swedish-American, a South Korean, a South African and an Egyptian remain in prison.
3/11/2013 Libya (Associated Press) – Protesters burned a flag belonging to the Libyan Embassy in Cairo on Monday to protest the death in prison of an Egyptian Christian suspected of proselytizing in Libya.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said that Ezzat Atallah likely died of natural causes. He suffered from diabetes and a heart ailment.
Protesters said they suspect that poor prison conditions and possible abuse may have contributed to his death.
“The killing of Copts is illegal,” chanted the crowd of 100, mostly Coptic Christians. Some draped an Egyptian flag over the Libyan Embassy’s gates.
Four foreigners are still in prison in Libya for alleged espionage and proselytizing. They are a Swedish-American, a South Korean, a South African and an Egyptian.

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