In what has been described as the first sectarian attack since the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood-backed Mohamed Morsi regime, a Coptic Christian priest was gunned down in Egypt’s Northern Sinai region.
The priest, Mina Aboud Sharween, was killed while walking in the Masaeed area in El Arish, apparently by Muslim extremists, according to The Telegraph. The slaying was accompanied by attacks directed primarily at police and the military.
Muslim Brotherhood members were enraged when Egypt’s Christian leader, Coptic Pope Tawadros, stood alongside Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi Wednesday night as the general announced the change in government and suspension of Egypt’s constitution. Pope Tawadros also gave his blessing to Morsi’s removal.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s leader, Mohammed Badie, told a crowd of followers in Cairo Friday night that neither Pope Tawadros nor the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University, who also stood beside al-Sisi, represented their interests. Badie called on the military to release Morsi, who is under house arrest.
There are 8 million Christians in Egypt.
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