The violence erupted after police dispersed the protestors from two squares in Cairo. Pro-Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood supporters are allegedly responsible for destroying 52 churches across Egypt.
One of the churches burned was the Virgin Mary Church which existed in Kafr Hakim for 67 years. Ishak Ibrahim told CNN he had confirmed 30 attacks against churches in Egypt.
A Bible society in Egypt posted a statement online saying: "Two of their shops had been completely burned and destroyed in the attacks. The shops were in the cities of Assiut and Minia in southern Egypt. FOX News reports that: "Christian schools, shops and homes across all 27 provinces" of Egypt were attacked.
Ibrahim is a researcher with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights. CNN also reports: "Christians all around Egypt are cleaning up in the aftermath of a spate of attacks. The violence against Christians, on Wed., is the deadliest day since the 2011 overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak.
On Wed. evening, the supporters could be heard chanting against Copts and for Egypt to become an "Islamic State." According to reports on Thursday: "the country's interim army-installed government described attacks on Egypt's Christians as a "red line" and pledged that authorities would "respond forcefully" to any new attack."
The attacks that happened yesterday, and in the recent past, are being blamed on the Muslim Brotherhood supporters of Morsi. More alleged attacks by the Muslim Brotherhood are as follows: An attack in April, during a Christian funeral service left one dead and 23 injured in al-Khosous (Assyrian International News Agency).
On July 4, a Christian salesman was murdered after kidnappers failed to receive a $70,000 ransom for him (FOX News). On July 7, a Coptic priest was killed by masked gunmen (The Christian Post). These are only a few of the recent attacks Coptic Christians have endured at the hands of Muslim extremists.
We as Christians need to be praying for our brothers and sisters in Egypt. We need to ask God for his protection to be upon them. We also need to be praying that God will change the hearts of extremists who are perpetrating violence against Christians in Egypt.
When you go before the father in your prayer time today please remember those in Egypt being persecuted for their faith.
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