The PJ Tatler

Reports from Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood's Fresh Assault on Coptic Christians

Since what is happening to Egypt’s Coptic Christians right now in the Muslim Brotherhood’s “win at all costs” revolt against those who peacefully overthrew Mohammed Morsi isn’t exactly making many news stories on this side of the pond, here’s a sampling of reports straight from Egyptians, including Muslims infuriated by the Brotherhood:

The story of the torched churches is currently leading Egypt’s Al-Ahram news site:

Churches across Egypt came under frenzied attack Thursday as the country became convulsed in violent turmoil after security forces forcibly broke up two major Cairo protest camps held by supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Incensed by the bloody crackdown that has claimed more than 500 lives, Morsi loyalists orchestrated nationwide assaults on Christian targets, wreaking havoc on churches, homes, and Christian-owned businesses throughout the country.

Coptic rights group the Maspero Youth Union (MYU) estimated that as many as 36 churches were “completely” devastated by fire across nine Egyptian governorates, including Minya, Sohag and Assiut — home to large Coptic communities.

…Gebrial Dafshan of Minya’s Christians Youth Centre (Al-Wady), which was stormed and engulfed by flames, blamed lax security on the part of the government at Coptic facilities.

“There was no security presence. Even when we called the Fire Department for help they said they were themselves being attacked,” Dafsahn said.

…Egypt’s army chief General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi pledged the military would cover the costs of restoration for all damaged churches.