Egypt's first official inquiry into last summer's deadly crackdown on supporters of the country's ousted Islamist president blamed security forces Wednesday for disproportionate use of gunfire to break up protests, yet it accused gunmen inside the protest of shooting at police, escalating violence that killed hundreds of civilians.
Dear Senators Coburn and Lee,
It has come to our attention that you have placed a hold on S. 653, a bill to establish a Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia. As the representatives of two of the largest Christian denominations in the country, we write today to urge you to work with us in addressing the growing crisis of religious minorities in this region.
It’s open season on Coptic Christians in Libya.
A few days after seven Copts were identified as Christians, pulled out of their homes by “unknown gunmen” and taken out and executed in Jarutha, some 20 miles west of Benghazi (see here for graphic pictures), Egyptian Copts are still being singled out and killed.
Relations between the Palestinian Islamist group and the Egyptian authorities have soured since the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013; Hamas condemns decision.
Egypt's military chief, Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, gave his strongest indication yet that he intends to run for president, saying Tuesday that he "can't turn his back" to public demands. In a campaign-style speech, he said Egyptians must unite and end street turmoil to tackle the country's mounting economic and security woes.
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