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Sectarian strife in Egypt has been a hot topic of contention in the media. The following article presents a synopsis of incidents that have occurred in Egypt in the recent years. The author considers the reasons behind these attacks, the similar situations that they share, that is attacks that have occurred on Fridays, and the media coverage of these incidents.
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violations committed by Egyptian police.
The Christians and Muslims of the village of Damshāw Hāshim recently witnessed sectarian violence between a majority of Muslims and a minority of Christians, united by poverty. Alienated by unemployment, idleness and penury, the young are full of a hatred that does not distinguish between religions.
The problem started in July of last year, when a Christian family started building a house in Damshāw, and rumor spread that the family was building a church for the Christian residents of the village.
Initiators of sectarian strife are still active after failing to achieve their goal by spreading several rumors. Their efforts have now moved to Mīnyā, specifically to the village of Damshāw Hāshim. A rumor that a citizen by the name of cAdil Sacīd Rizq built a church on the ruins of his house resulted in a violent confrontation between the residents, which led to the death of one and the injury of three others.