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A fact-finding commission, set up by the National Council for Human Rights, embarked on Thursday (October 11) on probing the conditions of Christian families in Rafah after reports some of them were forced to relocate to other areas following threats by outlaw groups.
Bishop Quzmān of North Sinai said Copts in the border governorate are between four thousands and five thousands and are indispensable part of the fabric of Sinai, adding Copts in this area do not feel they are being discriminated against. [Muhammad al-Bahrāwī, al-Misrī al-Yawm, Oct. 10, p. 2] Read...
Bishop Quzmān of North Sinai said the church has not witnessed a single mass since the outbreak of the January 25, 2011 revolution, denying, however, the mass service was canceled for security reasons or out of fear over the life of Copts there.
Security sources and eyewitnesses said a state of lull is dominating the city amidst intensive security presence all over after Copts came under a shooting attack.
Armored security patrols are in place to secure all of the troubled Egyptian city of Rafah, said a military source, adding news reports about a shooting attack on a Copt’s house on Saturday (October 6) were bare of truth. 
North Sinai Governor Major General ‘Abd al-Fattāh Harhūr, after a tense meeting with the Copts in the border governorate, refused to allow them to leave the city under the pretext that there should be no succumbing to the terrorists.
Reactions varied over President Muhammad Mursī’s visit to the city of al-‘Arīsh on Saturday (October 6), which was paid under tight security measures, while Coptic families in Rafah denied media reports about a meeting with Mursī.
The National Council for Human Rights also denounced the displacement of some Coptic citizens of Rafah, North Sinai, upon threats by “outlaws jeopardizing order and the state itself and clashing with the values and principles of human rights”.
Today’s overview deals with calls by a former senior U.S. diplomat, Dennis Ross, on Egypt to accept the reality and play by a set of rules, saying the record to date is not good: news reports suggest that more than 100,000 Coptic Christians have left Egypt; there have been new efforts to...
Bishop Dr. Yūhannā Qultah Sa‘īd, Deputy Patriarch of the Coptic Catholic Church, comments on the recent attack on Egyptian troops in Sinai and the tragic events in Dahshūr: “the internal picture is just another facet of what is happening on the [Sinai] border … There is a pressing need for the...

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