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Violence has again targeted the Christian community in Egypt. Three churches in central Egypt were attacked and set on fire. The latest violence is a reaction against the attempts of the Egyptian military to end the sit-ins and other public demonstrations that have been on-going in Cairo for the past six weeks. Supporters of Mohamed Morsi, largely those from the Muslim Brotherhood, have repeatedly targeted the Christian community in what some have called a “war of retaliation” for Morsi’s removal.
8/14/2013 Egypt (Fox News) – Supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi torched three churches in central Egypt on Wednesday in reprisal attacks as police dispersed demonstrations in Cairo, reports said.
The assailants threw firebombs at Mar Gergiss church in Sohag, a city with a large community of Coptic Christians who comprise up to 10 percent of Egypt’s 84 million people, causing it to burn down, the official MENA news agency said.
Security officials told AFP that another two churches were attacked in El-Menia province, leaving them partially damaged by fire.
Coptic rights group the Maspero Youth Union reported the same information, accusing Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement of “waging a war of retaliation” against the country’s Christians.
Dozens of Morsi supporters were killed on Wednesday as security forces moved in to disperse them from two major protest camps in Cairo that they have occupied since around the time the army ousted him six weeks ago.

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