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Violence against Christians in Egyptian town

Catholic World News - September 30, 2013

Angry Muslims looted and destroyed Christian-owned businesses in the village of Zakaria after a 22-year-old Christian man had a consensual relationship with a Muslim woman of the same age, the Assyrian International News Agency reported.

Local authorities expelled the young man and five members of his family from the village after they could not pay a large fine.

“Hard-line Muslims prowled the streets of the village throwing stones at Coptic homes and calling for revenge,” according to the agency, which cited a statement from the local Coptic Orthodox bishop. “The bishop warns that Muslim villagers are now prowling the village chanting against the Copts, demanding the burning of their churches, homes, and shops.”

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