Churches attacked in Egypt: photos

Supporters of the ousted Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, have lashed out across Egypt since two pro-Morsi sit-ins were violently dispersed by the armed forces, blocking bridges and highways, storming government buildings and attacking churches of the country’s Christian minority.

Left: The Coptic Church of Prince Tadros in the central Egyptian city of Minya was set on fire.

In the days after Morsi’s ouster there were horrific scenes: Christians were persecuted and beaten to death by Islamists. Threats were sprayed on house walls.

More below…

Left, a building of a non-profit Christian organization in the city of Minya is set afire.

Photo posted on Twitter by one user who said it showed damage to the Mar Mina church in Beni Hilal, Minya, an attack confirmed by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights. On either side of its burned door, a vandal has spray-painted the word “Islamic,” shorthand for an exclusionary Islamist slogan, “Egypt is Islamic.”

Pictures posted to Twitter by two separate users, which claimed to show fire damage at a Christian school in Minya, the St. Joseph School.

Similar pictures posted to Twitter by two different users, both of which claimed to show fire damage to the interior of the Mar Girgis Church in Sohag.

A picture posted on Twitter that claimed to show the St. Mary’s Church burning in the village of Nazla, in Fayoum, an oasis province south of Cairo. That attack was also confirmed by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights.

Sources, top two photos, Der Spiegel (in German): here; other photos, from the New York Times here.