An angry mob attacked a building in Baidaa village near Amria, a small town south of Alexandria, Egypt on Friday 17 June following rumours that it was going to be converted into a church.
Hundreds destroyed the local priest’s car and stoned houses of local Christians as the mob made its way towards the building which was still being constructed. People shouted angrily:”We don’t want a church, we will knock down the church building, and Egypt is an Islamic country.”
As the mob rampaged, five Coptic Christians were detained on allegations that they had launched prayers in a place that is not licensed as a church.
Other areas in Egypt such as Minya and Qena have also reported strong anti-Christian opposition and hostility.
There has been a steady worsening of the outlook for Christians in Egypt. Last year the country was number 22 on the World Watch List of the most difficult places to be a Christian whereas in 2013 it was number 25. Christian women are particularly vulnerable, often changing their Christian names to Muslim ones to avoid rape or kidnapping.
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