Alexandria church attacked

Adham Youssef
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The Fathers Church in eastern Alexandria was attacked Tuesday by unknown assailants using Molotov cocktails.

The Ministry of Interior said that the incident left no injuries, but damaged the facade of the church.

State media reported that eyewitnesses are being investigated, and footage from the security cameras will be collected and reviewed.

Last January, unknown assailants killed two policemen while on duty securing a church in Minya, south of Cairo.

In the past years, Egyptian churches have come under attack on numerous occasions, including the bombing of a church in Alexandria on New Year’s Eve in 2011, as well as the torching of a church in Cairo in August 2013 in the violence following the dispersal of the Rabaa Al-Adaweya sit-in.

What followed the Rabaa Al-Adaweya and Nahda Square dispersals was a series of retaliations that varied from attacks on Coptic Christians, police officers, and unarmed civilians. The majority of attacks on churches took place in Upper Egypt.

According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), more than 40 churches were attacked in Egypt since August 14, 2013, when the security forces launched a crackdown against demonstrations demanding the return of Morsi.


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