August 15, 2013
Some supporters of Egypt’s ousted Islamist president directed their
wrath at the country’s Christian minority Wednesday, in what activists
described as “the worst coordinated attacks on Egypt’s Coptic community
in modern history.”
Largely eclipsed by the military’s crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood
protest camps in Cairo and resulting loss of life, more than 20 churches
in a number of provinces were reported to have been targeted for arson
and other attacks.
Through the day news reports and social media posts drew attention to
individual incidents and it soon became apparent that a concerted
campaign of coordinated attacks was underway. Most of the targeted
churches were Coptic Orthodox, but Catholic churches were also attacked
as well as at least one Protestant church.
One of the groups monitoring the situation through contacts on the
ground, the Australian Coptic Movement Association (ACM), released a
list of 16 churches and related sites attacked, and said the true figure
could reach 40.
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