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Monday 19 August 2013

Christians attacked, dozens of churches torched

A picture taken on August 18, 2013 shows the Amir Tadros coptic Church in Minya, some 250 kms south of Cairo, which was set ablaze on August 14, 2013. (AFP Photo/Virginie Nguyen Hoang)

Nearly 40 churches across Egypt were looted and set ablaze, while 23 others were severely damaged in attacks over the last several days. 

It remains unclear who is behind the attacks, with both the Muslims Brotherhood and extremists being blamed.

In one incident, the Archangel Michael Church, about 50 kilometers from Cairo, became the latest victim of the violence sweeping Egypt.

The unknown attackers sprayed graffiti on the church, with the inscriptions reading, "Allah u Akbar" ["God is Great"], "Egypt is Islamic," and "Sisi is a Murderer," referring to army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Islamists also paraded three Christian nuns through the streets and sexually abused two other women in Cairo after torching a Franciscan school over the weekend.

The assault follows multiple attacks and acts of arson targeting Coptic churches, as well as the homes and businesses of Christian minorities in Egypt. read more

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