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Egypt's President Morsi: Attack on cathedral is attack 'on me'

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi condemns Sunday attack on Abbasiya cathedral, tells Pope Tawadros II that attacks on Copts are tantamount to attacks against presidency

Ahram Online, Sunday 7 Apr 2013
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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has told Coptic Pope Tawadros II via telephone that he considered any attack on Cairo's Coptic cathedral "an attack on me," state television reported on Sunday evening.

The comments follow an attack by unknown assailants on mourners at a Coptic funeral at Cairo's Abbasiya cathedral.

On Sunday afternoon, unidentified elements attacked Cairo's main Coptic cathedral, where a funeral was being held for four Coptic Christians killed in Saturday's sectarian clashes in the Qalioubiya governorate north of Cairo.

In a written statement issued Sunday evening, President Morsi urged the Egyptian public to refrain from taking any actions "that might threaten the nation's security or cohesion."

The president also called for an immediate investigation into Sunday's cathedral attack.

During the latter years of the Mubarak era, Muslim-Christian clashes erupted periodically.Since Mubarak's ouster in early 2011, incidents of sectarian violence – both in the capital and in Egypt's countryside – have occurred with increasing frequency.

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08-04-2013 10:55am
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Who do you think you are fooling Morsi?
If Morsi truly considered this an "attack on himself", he would have taken IMMEDIATE action and not waited till last night to address this truly dispicable and horrifying situation!
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Tammy
08-04-2013 03:42am
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Your words are empty & meaningless Morsi!!
Yes morsi it was not only an attack on a cathedral but a house of God, which is just so unbelievably WRONG!!! RELIGIONS SHOULD NOT FIGHT EACH OTHER!!! THIS IS WHAT YOU & THE BH HAVE CAUSED!! OPEN YOUR EYES!! OPEN YOUR EARS!! listen to the people of Egypt, THIS IS WHAT YOU HAVE CAUSED!! You "claim" to love Egypt, you "claim" to love ALL THE PEOPLE of Egypt BUT YOU STILL DO NOT LISTEN, YOU STILL DO NOT SEE, & YOU STILL DO NOT ACCEPT ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHAT YOU & YOUR BH HAVE CAUSED!!! How much more bloodshed, how much more violence, how many more deaths until you LISTEN & SEE & ACCEPT THE RESPONSIBILITY??? How much longer until Egypt is ruined beyond repair because of your dictatorial regime & its religious bias???
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abdulrahman
08-04-2013 05:21pm
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No Government in The World Can Deliver Results In Such Cases Overnight.
What Morsi say is true. Let us see the result of the investigation by the relevant authority in the next few days. Don't allow your prejudices to overcome common sense. Every life lost or bodily injury caused on any person must be investigated and culprits charged in court. Morsi is Allah fearing. He will make sure justice prevails for all citizens of Egypt irrespective of their religious affiliation.
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