Pope Tawadros II leads Coptic Christmas eve mass in Cairo, Egypt, January 6, 2016. REUTERS / Amr Abdallah Dalsh
CAIRO, Jul 18 (Aswat Masriya) – A Christian priest said on Sunday that the family of another priest were subjected to attacks in Egypt’s Minya province, with one of their Christian neighbours stabbed to death.
Coptic Orthodox Christians make up about 10 per cent of Egypt's population and are the Middle East's largest Christian community.
Anba Makarios, the top Coptic Orthodox Christian cleric in the southern Egyptian province, told Aswat Masriya that a member of the Christian family was injured after he was stabbed in the face.
An eyewitness, who preferred to remain anonymous, told Aswat Masriya that a quarrel erupted outside the house of Metaos Najib Hanna, a priest in the province’s Tahna al-Jabal village, “after two Muslim youth insulted the priest’s [7-year-old] son while he was playing outside the house.”
The eyewitness added that when the child’s grandfather objected, the two Muslim youth started to attack him, as well as his Christian neighbours who expressed their support for him, which resulted in the death of a 27-year-old Christian neighbour of the priest.
The priest’s father and his son-in-law, in addition to a female Christian neibhbour, were injured, the eyewitness added.
In May, 300 people attacked and burnt down the houses of Christian residents in another village, Karam, in the same province of Minya, and an old Christian woman was stripped naked and paraded through the village’s streets over a rumour that her son had an affair with a Muslim woman.