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Egypt's Sisi calls on officials to hold perpetrators of Minya's sectarian attack against Christians accountable

Meanwhile, the Egyptian PM Sherif Ismail said on Thursday that the perpetrators of Fridays attacks will face justice; interior ministry vows to protect lives and honour of all citizens

Ahram Online , Thursday 26 May 2016
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi
A handout picture released by the Egyptian Presidency on April 24, 2016 shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi delivering a speech in Cairo (Egyptian Presidency)
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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi called on officials to hold accountable the perpetrators of an attack by a Muslim mob on Christians in a village in Upper Egypt, according to a Thursday statement by his office.

El-Sisi urged the government to take "necessary measures to preserve public order, protect [citizens] and property within the rule of law."

The Friday assault in Minya's El-Karm village was sparked by rumours that a Christian man was having an illicit relationship with a Muslim woman. Interfaith pairings are considered taboo in most of the country.

Muslim villagers set ablaze seven Christian homes and assaulted the Christian man's elderly mother, parading her naked in public, the Coptic Orthodox Church said in a statement.

El-Sisi issued directives to the provincial governor to restore all damaged buildings in coordination with the Armed Forces within one month and at the government's expense.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said he regrets the "unfortunate" incident, adding that the matter is now in the hands of the justice system and that no perpetrators will "get away without punishment." 

The interior ministry said in a statement on Thursday that police arrested five men suspected of taking part in the attack, including a main perpetrator identified as Nazir Ishaq Ahmed.

The ministry added that security forces have continued their efforts to "restore security and order" in the village, while emphasising its "full keeness to protect the lives, property and honour of all citizens.

On Wednesday, the head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church Pope Tawadros II called for restraint and coexistence, warning against anyone who would use what happened in Minya to incite sectarian strife.

Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt's population of 90 million, have persistently complained of discrimination and sectarian attacks in the predominantly Sunni Muslim country.

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Allen
27-05-2016 06:01am
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Where is the outrage???!!!!!
From Al Azhar... And you wonder why you have an image problem around the world???
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Mohamed
27-05-2016 01:19am
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Failed State
This's a rotten failed State and have a dark future
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jan
27-05-2016 12:13am
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Kursi al-Itiraf.
RESIGN.
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NewEgypt123
26-05-2016 10:24pm
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Attack on All Egyptians
This is an attack on all Egyptians, whether Christian or Muslim. It is Egyptian unity which protects the country from the chaos other countries in the region are experiencing. During the 2011 protests, the world was amazed at the unity of Egypt when Christians protected their Muslim brothers while they prayed. Today, Muslims need to protect their Christian brothers against these thugs that attack Egyptian unity. These thugs need to be sentenced very harshly and be made an example out of. Attacking the unity between Egypt's Christians and Muslims is tantamount to treason against the state, especially today! I hope that Egypt's Muslims make it clear that these foul acts will not be tolerated.
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Sam Enslow
27-05-2016 08:50am
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I too am disappointed Muslim religious leaders have been mostly silent. However, Christians cannot hold themselves blameless. This 'hidden problem' will not be solved until leaders of both faiths get those working in rural villages to actively fight for interfaith dialogue and respect. It may start with something as simple as chikdren's football games. The isolation of Christians from Muslims and visa versa must be eliminated. It prevents solutions to common problems like poverty.
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THE EGYPTIAN
26-05-2016 10:07pm
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Egypt...EL SISI
THE SECURITY FORCES HAVE ARRESTED THE CRIMINAL LUNATICS WHO COMMITTED THAT HEINOUS CRIME..THEY ARE NOTHING LESS THEN..THUGS...THUGS...AND THUGS , AND THIS SHOULD BE STOPPTED..NOW AND FOREVER...EGYPT IS ONE...MOSLEM AND CHRISTIAN...NOW AND FOREVER.
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Aly Sadek -Toronto-Canada
27-05-2016 02:24am
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EL-SISI FOR PRESIDENT..
VERY WELL SAID MR. EGYPTIAN.......YOU ARE A FIRST CLASSE..TOP NOTCH EGYPTIAN , CONGRATS.. YES FOR EVER , AND EVER...WE ARE ONE NATION UNDER GOD.. WE BELIEVE..!!
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Tut
26-05-2016 08:12pm
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Interfaith pairings are considered taboo
Too many taboos, too little faith in today's Egypt!
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Glen Parry
26-05-2016 07:46pm
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Finally, a President who wishes to govern for all Egyptians
All credit to President Sisi for his continuing efforts to promote the notion that all Egyptians, regardless of faith, are equally Egyptians. A refreshing change from past heads of state, who have attempted to, either, exploit sectarian issues for their own advantage or to base their policies on the notion that followers of one faith should have more rights & privileges than those who adhere to another.
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