The Maspiro Youth Union issued a statement from its headquarters of operations stating that Coptic Christians and churches suffered in 6 provinces throughout the day following police crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood and Salafi sit ins in Rabe'a Al Adewiya and Al Nahda Squares.
The statement said that hardline members of the Muslim Brotherhood, Salafi and Gamaat Al Islamiya movements acted upon their recent promises of retaliatory attacks against Christians and police departments in the event their sit ins were disrupted as they were today by government forces. Indeed this morning, they attacked Coptic churches and Coptic Christian property in the governates of Al Minya, Sohag, Luxor, Suez and Al Fayuum.
The losses came as follows:
- Burning of the Church of the Virgin in Abu Hilal District in Al Minia
- Burning of the Church of Saint Mark in Abu Hilal District, Al Minya
- Burning of the Church of the Jesuit ...