A Muslim mob looted and torched Christian property and homes in Al-Beida village, Egypt on 17 June, after rumours spread of a Christian-owned building being turned into a local church.
More than 80 Christian families were affected by the attack last Friday, leaving hundreds afraid and without a place to conduct their Christian worship.
Christian residents of Al-Beida do not have a local church building. In fact, they are forced to worship at the Holy Virgin and the Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church, which is seven kilometres away. The presumed church construction was actually the construction of a home for a local, Naim Aziz.
The angry mob attacked the building and destroyed all of the construction materials. They then attacked Naim and his brother, Mousa, leaving both men injured. After this, the mob turned their wrath on the Christian homes adjacent to the building, hurling rocks, looting houses and setting fire to any Christian property in their wake. The damages are estimated to be around 500,000 Egyptian pounds (approximately $75,000).
When police arrived on the scene they were unable to protect the Christians from the ongoing assaults. The Muslim mob continued to set homes and cars on fire in the presence of the police, unabated. The mob terrorised residents by gathering outside of Christian doors to perform their afternoon prayers on loudspeakers aimed at the houses, all in the presence of the security forces.
In the end, police arrested six Muslim men, all of whom were released by that evening, and six Christian men, who were released on bail the following day. The police station in Amirya charged the Christian men with erecting a building without permit and holding prayers without permission.
Source: International Christian Concern