At least 174 Egyptians were killed and over 600 injured in more than 1,000 violent incidents that took place across Egypt during the first quarter of 2015. North Sinai ranked as the “bloodiest zone” in the country, according to a report recently issued by Democracy Index (DI), a tracing tool for local NGO, the International Development Center (IDC).
The Egyptian Ministry of Education has decided to remove some Islamic texts that it says incite violence and extremism from school curricula in a move Salafists decry as an attempt to distort history.
Nearly 1.5 million Armenians died at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in 1915, during World War I. Turks by and large do not believe mass killings were planned.
It is not for a shortage of reasons that Copts in Egypt are victims of attacks by fanatic Muslims. Even if the most notorious is their building a church or a community centre, there exists a plethora of grievances from which Copts suffer on account of their being Christian and for which they face outright discrimination and, frequently, assault. Especially in rural areas, personal disputes may escalate into fights that involve the entire Muslim and Coptic communities in villages and, Copts being more often than not peaceful and non-aggressive, end up incurring the worst damages. Watani has for years reported on such incidents. Something as personal as a romance between a Muslim woman and a Christian man has in countless cases been reason for a spree of torching and looting of the homes of all the Christians in a given village.
The European Parliament backed a motion on Wednesday calling the massacre a century ago of up to 1.5 million Armenians a genocide, days after Pope Francis used the same term.