The Adventist Review shares the following world news from Religion News Service as a service to readers. Opinions expressed in these reports do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the
Review or the Seventh-day Adventist Church. -- Editors
Egypt’s Christians, Attacked by Army,
May Flee the Country
BY STAFF/Compass Direct News ©2011 Baptist Press
uneral services were held October 10, 2011, in Cairo, Egypt, for some of the victims of a military attack against a group of [Coptic] Christian protestors that left 26 dead and hundreds wounded.
In the wake of what could be the worst act of violence against Egyptian Christians in modern history, leaders of the Coptic Orthodox Church have called for three days of fasting and prayer for divine intervention, along with three days of mourning.
Leaders from other faith traditions among Egyptian Christians reported similar efforts among their congregations.
Samia Sidhom, managing editor for the Coptic weekly Al Watani
, said Copts across Egypt are distraught about the attack and the future for Christians across the country.
"At this point you can't even imagine what the future will be like," she said.
The attack started late Sunday afternoon (October 9) when Christians--who were protesting church burnings--marched through Cairo and began getting pelted with rocks and other projectiles near an overpass that cuts through downtown Cairo. The protest march had been announced in advance. By the time the protestors were able to make it to a television and radio broadcasting building commonly known as the Maspero Building, the army began shooting into the crowd and ramming riot-control vehicles into the protestors.
Witnesses at the scene reportedly said attacks left body parts scattered at the scene. Amateur video at the scene shows two riot-control vehicles plowing into the crowd of protestors.
Nina Shea, director of the Hudson Institute's Center on Religious Freedom and a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, called the army's attack on the Christians a "watershed moment."
To read the rest of the story, click here.