Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/8/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Such confrontations have increased after ouster of Mubarak

In some of the worst sectarian violence in Egypt in many months, five Egyptians were killed and eight wounded in clashes between Christians and Muslims in El Khusus, a town near Cairo this past weekend. Such confrontations have increased in Muslim-majority Egypt since the overthrow of former president Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Hard-line Islamists here have freer reign than they did under Mubarak's rule.

Four Christian Copts and one Muslim were killed when members of both communities started fighting and shooting at each other in El Khusus north of the Egyptian capital.

Four Christian Copts and one Muslim were killed when members of both communities started fighting and shooting at each other in El Khusus north of the Egyptian capital.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/8/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: El Khusus, Coptic Christians, Muslims, Egypt, sectarian violence


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Four Christian Copts and one Muslim were killed when members of both communities started fighting and shooting at each other in El Khusus north of the Egyptian capital.

Mobs broke store windows belonging to Christians, and one reporter saw a burned-out Coptic day care center and several damaged shops belonging to Christian traders. An apartment inhabited by Muslims was also burned.

Violence broke out late last week when a group of Christian children were drawing on a wall of a Muslim religious institute. A Reuters reporter said he saw what looked like a swastika drawn on the wall. Muslim residents said it had offended them because it looked like a cross.

"I saw the kids drawing on the wall after afternoon prayers so I grabbed them and told them to remove what they'd just written," Mahmoud al-Alfi, a Muslim resident said.

A second man arrived and started beating the children, drawing a large crowd. The situation deteriorated when someone drew a gun and fired into the air, killing one boy with a stray bullet.

"Suddenly the area was full of weapons," Alfi said.

The president's office expressed condolences to the victims and vowed to fight any sectarian violence.

"The presidency ... totally rejects any attempt against the unity and cohesiveness of Egyptian society and will decisively confront any attempt to spark sectarian strife among Egyptian people, Muslim and Christian," according to a statement.

Leaders were quick to condemn the sectarian violence which comes as Egypt struggles with a severe economic crisis and high inflation after two years of political upheaval.

Grand Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, of Egypt's leading Islamic authority Al-Azhar, urged measures to prevent the situation from escalating and to "preserve the national character which characterizes the Egyptian people, Muslims and Christians," MENA said.

"The sectarian riots which happened in El Khusus are unacceptable and grave," Saad al-Katatni, the head of the Muslim Brotherhood political party, said on his Facebook Web site. "There are some who want to set Egypt ablaze and create crises."

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2015
Universal:
That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
Evangelization: That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.



Comments


More Africa

Obianuju Ekeocha: Defending Human Dignity by Defunding Planned Parenthood Watch

Image of

By Obianuju Ekeocha

My country (Nigeria) has worked hard to eradicate completely through laws and societal codes, the dark elements within it that hurt and harmed men, women and children in the centuries past.Today my people bask in both the wonderful splendor of culture and the ... continue reading


Minnesota dentist accused of hunting famous African lion, Cecil, faces extreme backlash from the world Watch

Image of Walt Palmer pictured with previous hunting kill.

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

PETA or the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has stated that the dentist accused of killing the famous lion Cecil in Zimbabwe needs to be "extradited, charged and, preferably, hanged." MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - It has been revealed to the ... continue reading


Kenyan women beat starvation by 'sack farming' Watch

Image of The method has created employment and generated income for both rural and urban dwellers, and has proved to be a good way for farmers to adapt to the effects of climate change, he added.

By Caroline Wambui, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Central Kenya's Nturukuma region is not kind to farmers - its erratic rainfall, desert vegetation and drying riverbeds push most people into making a living through trade rather than agriculture. NTURUKUMA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Jane Kairuthi ... continue reading


Two soldiers injured during a terrorist attack in Algeria Watch

Image of

By Kaci Racelma (Catholic Online)

Algeria continues to pay for its fight against terrorism. After a deadly attack perpetrated in the region of Ain Defla on July 17, against an army patrol, terrorist groups reappeared in the eastern region of Batna on July 27 with an attack against a military barrack. ... continue reading


Algeria holds international conference on stopping radicalization around the world Watch

Image of

By Kaci Racelma (Catholic Online)

Radicalization is a generic phenomenon that plagues all democratic societies. The radicalization of armed groups, that carry out attacks everywhere worldwide, challenges all governments at the highest level. ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) - This perspective was ... continue reading


Malian authorities dismantle terrorist training camp Watch

Image of

By Kaci Racelma

The security situation never seemed better in the sub Saharan region, particularly Mali. ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) - Sometimes when the country's army takes over, it is a good thing; as is the case with the dismantling of a terrorist training camp, last week, ... continue reading


11 Algerian soldiers killed in country's bloodiest terrorist attack Watch

Image of

By Kaci Racelma (Catholic Online)

Friday, July 17, 2015, known as the first day of the Muslim Eid Al-Fitr, celebrated after the end of Ramadan, became one of the bloodiest days in Algeria. ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) - The Algerian army lost at least 11 soldiers in an ambush claimed by Al-Qaeda ... continue reading


Displaced Africans flee to neighboring countries with little - or no prospects Watch

Image of Witnesses from the State Department and international humanitarian organizations testified that social chaos in sub-Saharan Africa has created a full-blown humanitarian crisis.

By Matt Hadro, CNA/EWTN News

Plagued by wars, terrorism, and repressive governments, sub-Saharan Africa is in the throes of a humanitarian crisis that the international community is not ready to address, witnesses testified on Washington, D.C.'s Capitol Hill. Washington D.C. (CNA/EWTN ... continue reading


Kenya plans massive nude march to reject Obama's support for homosexuality during visit Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Kenya plans to hold a unique demonstration on July 22 and 23 for President Barrack Obama's visit. According to Kenya's Republican Liberty Party, the protest intends to rally 5,000 men and women. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Vincent Kidala, the party's ... continue reading


African countries spike up security as terror threats grow toward end of Ramadan Watch

Image of The night life in Algeria is full during Ramadan.

By Kaci Racelma (Catholic Online)

In the opinion of many throughout Algeria, the security policy created by the country's leaders worked well. Terrorist attacks appear to have been avoided, with no recent painful tragedy shaking the country. ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) - During the 1990s ... continue reading


All Africa News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Leviticus 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34-37
1 Yahweh spoke to Moses and said:4 "These ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 81:3-4, 5-6, 10-11
3 blow the trumpet for the new month, for the full ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 13:54-58
54 and, coming to his home town, he taught the people ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 31st, 2015 Image

St. Ignatius Loyola
July 31: St. Ignatius was born in the family castle in Guip˙zcoa, Spain, ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter