At least 15 Muslims were arrested in the Egyptian village of Abu Yacoub on Saturday for setting fire to Coptic Christians’ homes and a nursery, allegedly because they feared they would be used as churches.
The persecution of Christians has been on the rise in Egypt this past year, with similar attacks being reported in other villages. The state-owned Ahram Online reported that five buildings, along with a nursery, were attacked and burned down Friday night by the Muslim mob that wrongly believed the homes and nursery would be used as Christian houses of worship.
The Ministry of Endowments has reportedly sent representatives to Minya to talk to local villagers in response to the arson attack, and encourage them to avoid violence and instead choose “love and cooperation.”
The nursery, the Egyptian Family House, was founded by then-Prime Minister Essam Sharaf in 2011 as a means to foster religious unity.
Al Hayat newspaper said that the delegation from the Ministry will look into finding permanent solutions to calm the village and restore peace between the Muslim and Christian populations.
Earlier in July a larger mob of 300 Muslims burned four Coptic homes in the Kom El Loofy village in Samalout, Upper Egypt, again because they believed the Christians were looking to build a church on the land.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post