20,000 Muslims Attack a Church in Cairo
One thousand Christians were today trapped insidethe Coptic Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary inWest Ain Shams,Cairo, after more than twentythousand Muslims attacked them with stones andbutane gas cylinders. The Church's priest FatherAntonious said that the situation is extremely dangerous.
The Muslim mob that attacked the church blockedboth sides of the street and encircled the churchbuilding, broke its doors and demolished itsentire first floor. The mob were chanting Jihadverses as well as slogans saying "we willdemolish the church" and "We sacrifice our bloodand souls, we sacrifice ourselves for you,Islam", while the entrapped Christians chanted "Lord have mercy".
The incident started on the occasion of theinauguration of the Church today, when theMuslims hastily established a Mosque in the earlyhours of this morning, by taking over the firstfloor of a newly-built building facing the Church and started praying there.
When the security forces tried to disperse themob, they went to nearby homes and shops owned byChristians, and were armed with sticks, butane,knives and other sharp objects. Witnesses saidthe mob included children from as young as8-years old to men of over 50-years old, in addition to women.
The Church building was originally a factory thatwas adapted into its present state, the matterwhich took over five years to complete and to getthe necessary permissions from the authorities to have a Church established.
Human rights organizations and lawyers wererefused entry into the besieged Church.