Cairo – For the 2nd time in less than a month, a Coptic church in Egypt has been destroyed by fire.
A Coptic church in the town of Kafr el Sheij was burned last week. Dozens of firefighters were required to bring the blaze under control, the Al Ahram newspaper reports. Three weeks earlier another church had burned under suspicious circumstances.
In the absence of a clear explanation for the fires, Church officials have avoided claims that the churches have been destroyed by arson. But the incidents have raised fears among members of Egypt’s religious minority. The Coptic Christians who comprise about 8% of Egypt’s population have been subjected to occasional violence and persistent threats by Islamic militants.