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Egypt’s Christian community fears sectarian violence

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-07-07

A Coptic Christian priest was shot dead Saturday in Egypt's lawless North Sinai province, three days after the overthrow of former president Mohammed Morsi, marking a possible renewal of sectarian violence. FRANCE 24 visited Cairo’s Christians.

There is a sense of unease during Mass in one of Cairo’s Coptic churches.

Since Pope Tawadros, spiritual leader of Egypt’s 8 million Christians, gave his blessing to the removal of Islamist and former president Morsi, one Coptic priest was shot dead in the Sinai desert and a couple of churches have been set on fire.

Are these attacks part of the general violence that has played out on the streets across Egypt, or do they come in retaliation against the community?

Anti-Christian attacks have increased since the overthrow of former president Hosni Mubarak in 2011 gave freer rein to hardline Islamists repressed under his rule.

FRANCE 24 reporters Gallagher Fenwick and James André met with members of Cairo’s Coptic community after Sunday Mass.

While they express concern, most believers are relieved that the Muslim Brotherhood president has been removed from power.

 

Date created : 2013-07-07

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