Hundreds of Christians gathered to protest in support of a group of Coptic Christians who were attacked while visiting a monastery in southern Egypt. Father Bakhomious was able to provide refuge for the group inside the monastery, protecting them from the assailants who came with knives and clubs. Details are still developing in this story, but it is another example that the violence faced by Christians throughout Egypt is a cause for great concern.
By Mamdouh Thabit
06/04/2013 Egypt (AP) – Egyptian security and church officials say hundreds of Coptic Christians visiting a southern monastery have protested after coming under attack by unidentified assailants who stole their money and personal belongings and beat them.
Officials say at least seven Christians, including a child, were hurt in the attack Tuesday night next to the entrance of el-Muharraq monastery in Assuit, 320 kilometers (200 miles) south of Cairo, where Copts mark religious events. The attackers used knives and clubs, officials said. Later, security forces cordoned off the area.