Copts blame Egyptian PM for church shooting

The Egyptian Coptic community has blamed the interim Egyptian prime minister Hazem el-Beblawi for the shooting that took place at a church in Giza on Sunday and has called on him to step down.

Copts blame Egyptian PM for church shooting

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Egyptian Coptic community has blamed the interim Egyptian prime minister Hazem el-Beblawi for the shooting that took place at a church in Giza on Sunday and has called on him to step down.

Three people, including an eight-year-old girl, were killed when two unknown assailants on a motorbike opened fire on guests attending a wedding at the Coptic Church in Giza’s al-Waraq district.

According to a report in the Middle-East Monitor, Copts have accused the interim Egyptian prime minister and the interior minister Mohammed Ibrahim of not doing enough to protect places of worship in Egypt.

Najib Gabriel, the director of the Egyptian Union for Human Rights called for the immediate resignation of Al-Beblawi in support of the founder of the Christian movement known as Copts without Borders, Sahrif Ramzi, who said "This government is unable to protect the simplest of rights, namely safeguarding places of worship. It is a partner in all violence against Copts. Therefore, it has to quit."

During an interview on Egypt’s Al-Hayat TV channel, the priest of the Virgin Mary Church, which was targeted in the attack, mentioned that Muslim Brotherhood members were among the injured. He also thanked Muslim Brotherhood members who helped to defend the church following the shooting. "I would like to thank our Muslim brothers who rushed to help as soon as they heard of the incident. Three of the injured who lay in hospital now are Muslim Brotherhood affiliates who attended the wedding ceremony as guests," he said.

Last Mod: 22 Ekim 2013, 17:34
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