Egypt: 1 killed at funeral of the 4 Christians shot dead

April 10, 2013 by  
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A Christian man was killed on Sunday as the funeral of four other Christians shot dead in violence just days before came under assault in Egypt.

The funeral was held at St Mark’s Cathedral in CairoEgypt, April 08, 2013: Thousands of mourners gathered at St Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo for the funeral of Marsouq Atteya, Morkos Kamal, Victor Manqarios and Essam Zakhary, who were killed in al-Khosous, north of Cairo, on Thursday (4 April) and Friday (5 April).

The Christian community there had come under attack by Muslims after the wall of an Islamic building was defaced with graffiti of a swastika. The act was falsely attributed to Christians, and rumours circulated that they had also drawn crosses on the walls.

Muslims were incited to launch an assault. A church, Christian kindergarten and other Christian-owned property were torched. A Muslim was also killed in the violence.

The leader of St George’s Church, who was trapped inside the building, said:

It was as if war had broken out. We peeped through the windows and saw Christian youth slain in front of the church, and families carrying their wounded away.

The police and security forces were criticised for their slow and ineffective response.

Following the funeral on Sunday, the procession was attacked by a mob throwing stones and petrol bombs. Mahrous Hanna Ibrahim, a 30-year-old Christian man, was killed and at least 84 people wounded in the ensuing clashes.

A fire broke out in one of the buildings inside the cathedral headquarters after explosives were thrown at it; adjacent houses were also set alight.

The mourners had been planning to carry the coffins of the four Christians to the presidential palace as a protest against the violence targeted at their community. They had decried Islamist President Mohammad Morsi during the funeral service.

One Christian mourner said:
Inside the cathedral we chanted ‘Down with the Brotherhood rule’ and that was aired live on television. At the exit, the people were ready and waiting for us.

Egypt’s minority Christian community has come under increased attack since the revolution; they have accused the government of failing to protect them.

– barnabas team

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