Egypt: Mob ransacks and torches houses of Christians, strips an elderly Christian woman naked publicly

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Seven houses of Christians have been set on fire by an agitated mob; the mobsters went ransacking the houses. A Christian man was allegedly accused of having an affair with a Muslim girl, which infuriated the locals who decided to take revenge from the Christian respondent and publicly humiliated his elderly mother by stripping her naked.

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The incident was confirmed by an Orthodox Coptic church located in the south of Capital. The incident took place last week, when the Christians man who was accused of having an affair with a Muslim girl, fled from the village in Minya province; fearing violence.

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The agitated, mobsters, dragged the elderly Christian woman out of her house, and started beating her. Finally they striped her naked, on the street and started chanting religious slogans. Furthermore, seeing the gravity of the matter, people informed the police that the Christians of the village were in serious trouble, but no action was taken to counter the violence.

Anba Makarios, a local priest said, “No one did anything and the police took no pre-emptive or security measures in anticipation of the attacks. We are not living in a jungle or a tribal society. It’s incorrect for anyone to declare himself judge, police and ruler.”

In the face of the calamity, Tarek Nasser, he governor of Minya province said that local Muslims could have exploited the situation. “Some irrational youths threw flammable missiles at the houses of Christians in the village and some women ran away in their nightgowns,” he said.