Copts Of Al-Our, Egypt Harassed

ICC Note: The Christian community of al-Our in Minya has faced repeated attacks from the local Muslim population. Home to 13 of the 20 Egyptian Christians killed by ISIS jihadists in Libya, al-Our was to be the site of a church honoring the martyrs. This provoked protests from the local Muslim community that turned violent. The homes of Copts have been attacked numerous times, and multiple fields have been set on fire, prompting the Christian community to call for greater protection from the local security forces.

04/29/2015 Egypt (Watani) The Copts of the village of al-Our in Samalout, Minya, Upper Egypt, have demanded heightened security in their village because of escalating Muslim harassment against them.

Al-Our is home to 13 out of the 20 Copts beheaded by IS in Libya last February. These Copts were killed for their Christian faith and have been canonised by the Coptic Orthodox Church. President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi ordered that a church in their honour should be built in the village, which drove fanatic Muslims to attempt to halt this project. A few weeks ago, however, the matter was peacefully resolved through intervention of the moderate elders of the village, and the new church is now already being built.

The recent Muslim acts of harassment against the Copts resulted in five incidents of burning Coptic-owned fields and crops, and pelting Coptic homes and a coal workshop with stones.

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