News

15 Arrested for Setting Fire to Copts’ Homes in Egypt’s Minya

15 Arrested for Setting Fire to Copts’ Homes in Egypt’s Minya

A sabotaged church in Dalja, Minya governorate, 2013 (Photo: Lovers of Bishop Raphael Facebook page)
A sabotaged church in Dalja, Minya governorate, 2013 (Photo: Lovers of Bishop Raphael Facebook page)

15 people were arrested in the village of Abu Yacoub in Egypt’s Minya on Saturday for their alleged involvement in arson attacks on Coptic Christians’ houses, state-owned Ahram Online reported.

Locals attacked five buildings on Friday night after rumors spread that a church was to be built in the area. The buildings attacked included houses of Coptic Christians, along with a nursery, which locals believed would be turned in to a church.

A representative of the Ministry of Endowments stated that a delegation from the ministry, Al-Azhar and the Egyptian Family House headed on Saturday to Minya to meet the locals and encourage them to avoid violence and “spread love and cooperation” for the sake of Egypt.

The Egyptian Family House is a council founded by then-Prime Minister Essam Sharaf in 2011 under the administration of Sheikh Al-Azhar and Pope Shenouda III. It was founded after the Maspero incidents and aimed to foster religious unity.

The endowments representative added that the delegation will look into the problem and try to come up with permanent solutions to calm the village, Al Hayat newspaper reported.

Sectarian strife is not uncommon in Upper Egypt. 20 days ago similar events took place in the village of Samalout, also in Minya, where a building under construction was set on fire out of belief that it was a church. In May, a Coptic woman was stripped and dragged out of her house in the village of El-Karam in Minya amid clashes over a love affair involving a Christan man and a Muslim woman.

The Egyptian government is expected to offer the parliament a new article that organizes the building of churches – which has been the cause of several clashes in recent years – to be approved before the end of this year.

8,000 Police Officers Suspended, 6,000 Judges and Soldiers Arrested in Turkey
South Africa Reclaims Position as Africa's Second-Largest Economy, Edging Out Egypt

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

Head of Supreme Council for Media Approves the Ban Decision of the 21 News Websites

Egyptian StreetsMay 25, 2017

Mada Masr Publishes Content on Social Media Temporarily in Face of News Websites Ban

Egyptian StreetsMay 25, 2017

Egypt Pours €360 Million into Renewing Alexandria’s Tram Network

Egyptian StreetsMay 25, 2017

Egypt Bans 21 News Websites, Including Mada Masr, on Claims of ‘Supporting Terrorism’

Engy AdhamMay 24, 2017

Rights Lawyer Khaled Ali Released on Bail Pending Trial

Engy AdhamMay 24, 2017

Rights Lawyer and Former Presidential Candidate Khaled Ali Held Overnight Pending Investigations

Egyptian StreetsMay 23, 2017

Egyptian Authorities Demolish Ras Sudr Kiteloop Camp, Other Attractions For ‘Violating State Property’

Egyptian StreetsMay 23, 2017

ISIS Claims Responsibility For Manchester Arena Attack

Egyptian StreetsMay 23, 2017
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 Egyptian Streets. All Rights Reserved.