Christians targeted in Egypt

An international human rights group has chronicled attacks on 42 churches, dozens of Christian institutions and schools as well as homes and business owned by Christians in Egypt amid an intimidation campaign believed to be waged by supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

An international human rights group has chronicled attacks on 42 churches, dozens of Christian institutions and schools as well as homes and business owned by Christians in Egypt amid an intimidation campaign believed to be waged by supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

In a new report, New York-based Human Rights Watch said authorities are “largely absent or fail to intervene” when churches or properties come under attack.

The campaign picked up on August 14 when police violently cleared two protest camps set up by the deposed president’s supporters in Cairo.

The crackdown sparked nationwide violence that left hundreds dead and thousands injured.

The group said most of the anti-Christian attacks were concentrated in southern Egypt. At least three Christians and one Muslim were killed as a result.

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