End Times News Update
Sign: Believers Persecuted (Christians attacked again in Cairo)
Scripture: Matthew 24:8
News Source: My Way News
Attackers hit Egyptian Christian marchers, 10 hurt
Nov 17, 10:43 AM (ET)
By MAGGIE MICHAEL
CAIRO (AP) – Attackers threw rocks and broken glass at a march by
Coptic Christians in Cairo Thursday, injuring 10, in the latest
outbreak of sectarian violence less than two weeks before the start of
About 400 Christians marched through the Cairo neighborhood of Shubra
to mark the end of 40 days of mourning after sectarian clashes that
killed 27 people, most of them Christians, witnesses said.
During the march, attackers threw stones, bricks and broken glass on
the marchers from a six-floor apartment building, said marcher Hossam
Victor. Clashes broke out and 10 people were injured, two of them
Victor and other marchers blamed supporters of Gamal Saber, an
ultraconservative Islamist candidate in Egypt’s parliamentary
elections, set to begin Nov. 28.
“They rained rocks and glass down on us from the building, and the
police stood by and watched without doing anything,” Victor said.
One 25-year-old marcher, whose arm appeared to be broken, said police
spotted a tattoo of a cross on his upper arm and shoved him toward the
attackers, who beat him, injuring his arm. He declined to give his
name, fearing retaliation.
Security forces later separated the sides. Saber, the parliamentary
candidate, called the Christian marchers “stupid” and blamed them for
starting the clashes as a way to harm his election campaign.
Sectarian tensions have been building up across Egypt since the 18-day
uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in February. Coptic
Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s population, have
long complained of state discrimination. They feel under increasing
threat since the uprising and worry that Islamist groups, competing
openly in an election campaign for the first time, will impose
restrictions on their community.
Source: My Way News