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Muslim mob attacks Christian homes in Egyptian province

Muslim mob attacks, torches Christian homes in village south of Egyptian capital

Muslim mob attacks Christian homes in Egyptian province

CAIRO (AP) -- The Coptic Christian church says a Muslim mob has ransacked and torched seven Christian homes in a province south of Cairo after rumors spread that a Christian man had an affair with a Muslim woman.

The church says that during the May 20 attack, the mother of the Christian man was publicly stripped of her clothes by the mob to humiliate her. Her son fled the village.

Police arrived at the scene nearly two hours after the attacks began and arrested six people, according to a church statement released late Wednesday.

Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt's 90 million people, have long complained of discrimination in the mostly Muslim nation. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, in office since 2014, has sought to address some of their grievances.

Updated : 2021-05-17 19:24 GMT+08:00