Concern for Egypt Coptic Christians grows amid country’s bloodiest day since revolution

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Ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Concern grew for Egypt Coptic<br />
Christians on Wednesday amid pro-Morsi protests that results in the deaths<br />
of more than 200 people. Pro-Morsi supporters torched three Coptic churches<br />
in central Egypt. Credit: Wilson Dias/ABr.

(JNS.org) Concern for Egypt’s beleaguered Coptic Christian community grew on Wednesday amid the country’s bloodiest day since the beginning of the
Egyptian Revolution in early 2011.

Ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Concern grew for Egypt Coptic Christians on Wednesday amid pro-Morsi protests that results in the deaths of more than 200 people. Pro-Morsi supporters torched three Coptic churches in central Egypt. Credit: Wilson Dias/ABr.

According to the Egyptian Health Ministry, at least 211 people
were killed during military raids of protest camps staged by the Muslim
Brotherhood. The protesters supported the restoration of Mohamed Morsi as
president.

Egyptian Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim said that pro-Morsi
protesters built fortifications and fired at police, BBC reported. Ibrahim also said armed gangs had infiltrated the
protest sites.

“I regret the killing and bloodshed of even one single human
being but I don’t see any other options for the Egyptian security forces,” said
Halim Meawad, co-founder of Coptic Solidarity, a U.S.-based international
Coptic Christian human rights organization.

“The Brotherhood does not mind the killing of a few hundreds or
thousands so it can cry wolf and play the role of the victim,” Meawad added.

According to reports, pro-Morsi supporters torched three Coptic
churches in central Egypt on Wednesday. Assailants threw firebombs at Mar
Gergiss Church in Sohag, AFP
reported.

The Coptic Church backed the removal of Morsi from power. Coptic
Pope Tawadros II appeared alongside Egypt’s General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during the announcement of Morsi’s removal on
July 3.

Meanwhile, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) expressed concern
for Egypt Coptic Christians amid the ongoing violence.

“Organized violence against Egypt’s Copts, the murder of
innocents and destruction of churches, is outrageous and unforgivable,” said Jason
Isaacson, AJC’s director of government and international affairs, who last
visited Egypt in April.

“Lost in much of the reporting on the polarization and violence
in Egypt is the apparent targeting of Copts and their institutions by followers
of Mohamed Morsi, the ousted president,” Isaacson said in a statement. “In the
absence of Muslim Brotherhood restraint on these elements, it is imperative
that Egyptian authorities step up efforts to ensure the safety of the Christian
Coptic community.”

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Source: JNS.org

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