Christians all around Egypt are cleaning up in the aftermath of a slew of attacks on 52 Christian churches and homes being torched, looted and burned down on Egypt’s anniversary of the revolution that overthrew longtime President Hosni Mubarak.
Tuesday night, before the mobs attacked early Wednesday morning, a chanting was heard against Coptic Christians calling for Egypt to become an “Islamic state.”
Churches were reportedly set ablaze Wednesday beginning with St. George Church in Sohag, a city south of Cairo on the Nile River and continued down SouthEast of Cairo to target Prince Tadros Church in Fayoum.
580 people were killed and more than 4,000 injured were recorded by Egypt’s health ministry. CNN iReporter Amir Beshay, from Cairo, helped draw up a list of Christian churches and properties reportedly targeted. On it are sites in Alexandria, Arish, Assiut, Beni Suef, Cairo, Fayoum, Gharbiya, Giza, Minya, Qena, Sohag and Suez. They include churches and schools, as well as homes and businesses belonging to Coptic Christians. CNN has not been able independently to verify the reports.
Bishop Angaelos, a General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom tweeted:
Thursday morning while on a working vacation in Martha’s vineyard, President Obama said to NBC “Let me say that the Egyptian people deserve better than what we’ve seen over the last several days; and to the Egyptian people, let me say the cycle of violence and escalation needs to stop.”
Here a few photos from Mosi supporters and Coptic Christian protestors.
Please join us in prayer as we intercede on our brother’s and sister’s behalf in Egypt. Let us lift voices of concern, of peace, and asking for the Spirit of the Lord to reign supreme. We are interceding for you Egypt.