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Coptic Christian youth movement denounces "retaliation war" against the Coptic Christians

Last modified: 16 Aug 2013 11:57

The Maspero Youth Union, a Coptic Christian youth movement, has denounced what it called a "retaliation war" against the Coptic Christian religious minority,  which make up 10 perecent of the country's population.

AFP news agency reported on Friday that Egypt's Christians are living in fear after a string of attacks against churches, businesses and homes they say were carried out by alleged supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

As police dispersed Morsi supporters from two Cairo squares on Wednesday, attackers torched churches across the country, AFP reports. 

"People are terrified; no one dares leave home," Marco, a 27-year-old engineer, told AFP by phone from the central city of Sohag.

The city has become a ghost town, he said, describing an atmosphere of terror where attackers "know where the Copts live" and torched several churches before turning to homes.


Photo: Photographed on April 7 at al-Abbassiya Cathedral, long before Wednesday's clashes, shows Egyptian Coptic Christians, women mourning during the funeral service for four Christians killed in sectarian clashes in Al-Khusus. 
Egypt's Christians also came under attack against at churches, businesses and homes by allegedly by angry supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi. [AFP/KHALED DESOUKI]