Egypt: Patrolling groups protect churches, Muslim Brothers

Muslim ask the military to protect copts during Christmas

29 December, 20:32

Egyptian Christians take part in a mass at the Coptic Cathedral of Saint Marcos in Cairo Egyptian Christians take part in a mass at the Coptic Cathedral of Saint Marcos in Cairo

(ANSAmed) - ROMA - The Egyptian Muslim Brothers(who won the first electoral rounds of the post-Mubarak's era) ask the military to protect Copt churches during Christmas festivities and offer to organize patrolling groups of Muslim Brotherhood members in order to help protecting Christians. This can be read on the English version of the Muslim Brotherhood website (www.ikhwanweb.com). Copts celebrate their Christmas on January 7th (most Copts are Orthodox).

Last January, more than 20 people were killed in an attack at the end of Christmas Mass in a chuch in Alexandria. "The Muslim Brotherhood asked the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (which has been in power since Mubarak's fall n.d.r) and the police to protect churches as they protected electoral seats during the elections-the press release states-. We are ready to cooperate with authorities and to organize patrolling groups and people's committees of Muslim Brotherhood members in order to help protect the churches". The Brothers announce that they will send "a high-profile delegation led by a Mahmud Ezzat, the Deputy Chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood, to give the Christians our wishes of a Merry Christmas next year". (ANSAmed).

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