Egypt: Two Coptic Christians hospitalized dozens arrested following a communal clash

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A clash between Christians and Muslims results in detention of dozens of Christians while two Christians have been hospitalized. A brawl between young Copts and Muslims in Egypt’s Minya province, broke out while caused commotion. The incident took place on Monday, September 12.

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In line with local media, following the clash Egyptian police had arrested 17 Christians and 20 Muslims, however the reason of the violence was publicized immediately. In recent times, hostility between Christians and Muslims has levitated. The violence had been intense in Egypt’s Minya province.

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United States Commission for International Religious Freedom in its annual report stated: “Against a backdrop of deteriorating human rights conditions, the Egyptian government has taken positive steps to address some religious freedom concerns, including intolerance in religious curricula and extremism in religious discourse. In addition, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi continued to make public statements encouraging religious tolerance and moderation and attended a Coptic Christmas Eve mass for the second consecutive year.

Furthermore, there were notably fewer sectarian attacks against Christians and other religious minorities, and investigations and prosecutions continued for the unprecedented scale of destruction of churches and Christian property that occurred in the summer of 2013.”

“Christians are estimated at 10 to 15 percent of the overall population, with the vast majority belonging to the Coptic Orthodox Church and less than two percent belonging to various other Christian denominations, including Catholic, Protestant, Maronite, Armenian Apostolic, Orthodox (Greek and Syrian), and Anglican.”