Hundreds of Muslims attacked a Coptic church south of Cairo (Egypt), causing damage inside the temple and leaving several Christians wounded, reported the Archdiocese of Atfih on Saturday.
In information gathered by the AP agency, the archdiocese said that the event occurred in Giza after Muslim prayers on Friday, when protesters gathered around the building and attacked it. The attackers demanded the demolition of the church, which has been operating illegally for 15 years due to the bureaucratic obstacles that exist with the places of worship that are not Muslims.
The archdiocese said it has tried to legalize the temple under a 2016 law that specified the rules for building churches.
“Local authorities often deny construction permits to build new churches for fear of protests by conservative Muslims. That has caused Christians to build churches illegally or establish churches in other buildings. On the contrary, building a mosque is a project with few restrictions, “explained AP.
The wounded were taken to a nearby hospital, said the communique of the Coptic Archdiocese.
In Egypt, Coptic Christians make up approximately 10% of the population. The rest are Muslims.
This religious minority has been the victim on several occasions of Muslim fundamentalists and terrorist groups such as the Islamic State (ISIS).
On this year’s Palm Sunday, celebrated on April 9, ISIS perpetrated two attacks in Egypt against Christians. At least 44 people died. However, attacks by Muslim fundamentalists have left more than 100 people dead and dozens injured since December 2016