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25. Al-Adly: The campaign around the events of Al-Kussh are aimed to strike at national stability

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25. Al-Adly: The campaign around the events of Al-Kussh are aimed to strike at national stability
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1998
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45
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25
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November 9, 1998
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The British Sunday Telegraph has published another article yesterday by Christina Lamb who claimed two weeks ago that Copts in Egypt are subjected in Sohag to crucifixions and rape by the police.

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The British Sunday Telegraph has published another article yesterday by Christina Lamb who claimed two weeks ago that Copts in Egypt are subjected in Sohag to crucifixions and rape by the police.


The reporter, who has never visited Egypt6, said in her previous report that the village of Al-Koshh is next to Luxor, which is not true. Lamb has returned this time with further allegations about what she called ’concealing what is going on in Egypt’. She accused Egyptian police of continuing the persecution of Copts, claiming they did not investigate what happened in Al-Koshh. Also, she accused some prominent Coptic figures who denied Copts are persecuted in Sohag of supporting the Egyptian government.


Meanwhile, Habib Al-Adly, Minister of Interior, affirmed that what happened in Al-Koshh village indicated attempts to disturb stability in Egypt. He added that the escalation of the issue was not related to the issue itself, but came at a particular time to relate the claims to police violations.


Also, Bishop Bakhoum of Sohag, Maragha and Monsha’a, assured that the Pope’s third statement commenting on Al-Koshh events came at the right time to end escalation of the issue and to calm down all parties involved. The Bishop added that some foreign parties have planned to harm Egypt and take advantage of such incidents to weaken national unity. The Human Rights Supporters’ Organization in Egypt released a statement yesterday accusing some Western media and bodies hostile to Egypt abroad of attempting to spoil the October victory’s achievements and the pioneering Egyptian role in peace and national liberation issues.


Al-Ahram Comment:

It is a virtue to confess your mistakes, but the British Sunday Telegraph thinks persisting in [making] mistakes is virtuous. All foreign correspondents in Egypt as well as prominent Coptic figures, led by Pope Shenouda, have condemned the paper for falsifying the facts and refuted allegations. The paper revealed its ignorance when publishing such a falsified report. It should have confessed a lack of professionalism
and apologized to Egypt and Egyptians. However, the paper went on concealing facts by repeating lies and claims. What should be said in reply to the paper’s new allegations is that our national unity is solid and will not be affected. Love and peace will always hold us, Egyptians, together.

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