Hundreds of Islamist ‘Demonstrators’ Invade Christian Church, Assault Congregants

A Christian church was recently bombarded by hundreds of Muslim demonstrators and started assaulting the congregants gathered for their prayer service.

The incident occurred in Giza, Egypt, on Friday where the crowd of Muslims gathered outside the unlicensed Coptic church and stormed in. The demonstrators were shouting hostile chants, calling for the church to be torn down, the diocese in Atfih disclosed.

Once inside the mob of Muslims destroyed the church, attacked the congregants inside, and only stopped when security personnel got them out. Several people were sent to the hospital, but there was no elaboration on this detail.

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Via Breitbart: The church in Giza just outside of Cairo is yet to be sanctioned by the state but has been observing prayers for 15 years. The diocese said it had officially sought to legalize the building’s status under a 2016 law that laid down the rules for building churches.

Local authorities often refuse to give building permits for new churches, fearing protests by Muslim conservatives. That has prompted Christians to illegally build churches or set up churches in other buildings. In contrast, building a mosque results in few restrictions.

Christians constitute 10 percent of Egypt’s mostly Muslim population. Sectarian violence occasionally erupts, mainly in rural communities in the south.

The Coptic Christians have been brutally targeted by Islamic militants in multiple attacks starting back in December 2016. Countless Christians have been injured in these assaults and well over 100 killed. Ever since an affiliate terror group of the Islamic State bombed two Coptic Christian churches, back in April on Palm Sunday, Egypt has been under a state of emergency.

 

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