Aug. 18 - A church is torched in Egypt's Minya province, as Islamists stage revenge attacks on Christian targets. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
A church was set on fire in Egypt's Minya province on Friday (August 16), a video posted on the Internet purports to show. The footage shows what is said to be the Anglican church in the province's Mallawi town. On Friday, supporters of deposed president Mohamed Mursi clashed with security forces, as the new army-backed government launched a crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood movement. Islamists staged revenge attacks on Christian targets earlier in the week in several areas, setting fire to churches, homes and businesses after Coptic Pope Tawadros gave his blessing to the takeover that ousted Mursi, security sources and state media said. Churches were attacked on Thursday in the Nile Valley towns of Minya, Sohag and Assiut, where Christians escaped across the roof into a neighbouring building after a mob surrounded and hurled bricks at their place of worship, state news agency MENA said.