Egyptian Christians protest over a church burning

on Mar 10th, 2011 and filed under Features, News, World News.

CAIRO, March 7 (Reuters) – Egyptian Christians protested on Monday a church was set on fire on the outskirts of Cairo, the latest sectarian flare-up in a country already facing political turmoil, witnesses said.
Some Muslims also joined the crowd of about 1,000 people who gathered outside the state television building in central Cairo.

Witnesses and a security source said the church in Helwan was torched after a row sparked by relationship between a Christian man and a Muslim woman.

Such interfaith relationships often cause tensions in Muslim-majority Egypt, where Christians make up about 10 percent of the country’s 80 million people.

Members of the woman’s Muslim family clashed among themselves over the affair and two Muslim men were killed. Muslims from the woman’s village then burned the church on Saturday, witnesses said.

The protest started late on Saturday and extended to Monday.

Last year Egypt saw more than its usual share of sectarian strife, and a rights groups has said such clashes have been on the rise. But mass political protests that ousted President Hosni Mubarak on Feb. 11 brought Muslims and Christians together.

Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, head of ruling military council that is governing the country after Mubarak, said the army would rebuild the church before Easter holidays.

This is a Reuters report

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1 Response for “Egyptian Christians protest over a church burning”

  1. Reni Daniel says:

    My heart goes out for these people, true belivers, whoa re suffering. Orthodox Churches all ove the world undergo one persecution of other. Christians are only 10 percent of the country’s 80 million people. Let us remember our brothren in Egypt. May God Help Egyptian Christians.

    Our Church should contact the Egypt Church fathers and also pray for them. We should meet Egyptian ambasssador in New Delhi and convey our corcern for the minority people in Egypt

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