The Assyrian International News Agency offers the latest update on the case of Christians in Egypt. According to their news report, the Egyptian army feels free to lash out at Christians. From the story,
Lawyer Hany Ramsis, one of the organizers of the sit-in who was present at the time of the attack, told Coptic Free Voice “We were surprised by the army attack. The youth were cleaning the place and some families who came from the provinces were packing. There were around 500 people still there at the time of the attack.” He said the soldiers cut the wire fences and started running towards the people, shouting “Allahu Akbar.”
The story goes on to report that 15 or more Christians were hospitalized after the attacks. Most of the 15 had a combination of broken limbs and head wounds. There were reports of gunfire. Some claim that Christians were shot with live rounds, but those claims have not yet been established.
The Christians were able to video the incident (which you can watch here). However, the quality of the video is rather poor. The incident happened at 3:45 a.m., in what should have been the closing hours of a “sit-in” demonstration. Christians have continued protesting peacefully in Egypt in order to settle their claims of abuse, oppression, and persecution. The Christians had agreed to stop their protest for a 9-day period to give the government time to respond. This incident happened just hours before the scheduled stoppage of the protests.
Christians have a very tough assignment in Egypt and the Middle East. They need our prayers. Pray for Christians in Egypt (2 Corinthians 1:8-11).