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Bayt al-A’ilah led the settlement of the Badrmān tensions by holding the first reconciliation session between Copts and Muslims in the village. The Church on the other hand has rejected the customary reconciliation sessions that prevent the application of the rule of law (Māhir ‘Abd al-Sabbūr, al-...
Priests and bishops of the Coptic Orthodox Samālūṭ dioceses in the governorate of al-Minyā sent a letter to the Egyptian Minister of Interior, Major General Maḥmūd Tawfīq, calling on him to approach the conditions of the Christian places of worship in the Upper Egyptian city.  The priests are...
Egyptian columnist Ḥamdī Rizq writes this week: Sectarian strife is more severe than murder, indeed, more severe than murder. Sectarian strife is the door to all evils, and God has mercy on us from sectarian strife as manifested in Minya.
The Media Center of Egypt’s Cabinet denied the news that has been circulating on some websites and social networking sites, that claimed that the closure of three churches in Minya came due to pressure stemming from some who object to the existence of churches in the province.
Events in Minya have escalated recently, and sectarianism has reared its ugly face once again. Bishop Makarius [Makāriyūs], the General Bishop of Minya and Abu Qurqāṣ, remains the champion of the scene, where he alone is held responsible for the aftermath of unrest in the governorate. 
The National Salvation Front sent a representative to Upper Egypt villages to observe the referendum over the draft Constitution. Ahmad Māhir, the representative, along with a group of activists witnessed those blocking Copts from voting.
Several Copts in al-Menya complained they were targets for armed robberies, which was confirmed by human rights advocacy groups.
The high turnout among Copts in the second phase of the referendum puts doubt on the announced results that came as 17 percent who said “yes” to the Constitution in the second phase (most likely because Copts would have voted for “no”).
Police forces in Maghāghah, al-Minya governorate, managed on Wednesday (October 31) to contain sectarian clashes between Muslim and Christian students that erupted after a quarrel over priority to get seats in a train. The clashes left five wounded.
  Dozens of Salafists and members of the al-Jamā’ah al-Islāmīyah (Islamic Group) staged on Sunday (October 28) mass protests against ‘Id al-Adhá celebrations held on a main road overlooking the River Nile in the Upper Egyptian governorate of al-Menya, where more than 2,000 Muslim and Christian...

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