The brother of the 18-year-old Christian woman abducted in late January is reported to have learned that Hanan Girgis has been given a new Muslim identity and is currently being held by security services. When the family approached the facility, the authorities are said to have denied her being there or having any knowledge of her location. This led to a protest outside the security office. The police attacked the demonstration; wounding multiple participants.
3/11/2017 Egypt (World Watch Monitor) – The brother of 18-year-old Hanan Girgis, an Egyptian Christian woman missing since 26 January, says he has been told she has a new Muslim identity and is being held by the security services.
Rezeiky Girgis heard from the Civil Status Authority at Esna Police Station that Hanan had been given a new ID card by national security services.
The family went to the national security HQ in Luxor to demand they set her free, but officers there denied holding her or having any knowledge of her whereabouts.
Mr. Girgis said they “insulted” him when he made inquiries.
Family and friends then protested outside the security office, demanding the return of Hanan and singing Christian worship songs.
Mr. Girgis told World Watch Monitor that officers then came out and attacked the protestors