Egypt: Coptic Christians Attacked By Muslim Neighbours In Property Row
ICC Note: Christians in a village in Alexandria Egypt continue to hide in fear as Muslim neighbors threaten them. Already two have been hospitalized after four homes were attacked and a church. A land dispute has now turned into a serious case of religious persecution of a Christian family.
09/24/2015 Egypt (Christian Today) – Coptic Christians in an Egyptian village have been under attack by Muslim neighbours since Sunday over a property row which first began in 2012, according to persecution charity International Christian Concern (ICC).
At least two Christians have been hospitalised in critical condition and four homes have been attacked, after police from El Amerya district attempted to execute a court order to return land to its rightful owner.
The court ordered land in El Oula village seized from Hamdy Makanouti to be returned to him from El Houty who stole the land in 2012.
When they attempted to reclaim the land on Sunday, police were attacked and forced to flee, leaving the Christian population of the village vulnerable.
“After the security forces left, a large crowd surrounded [the] church and hurled stones at it. Then they attacked four homes owned by Christians; they attacked a Christian man resulting in the breaking of his spine,” said Father Boktor Nashed, priest of the Mar Girgis church in El Oula.