AFRICA/EGYPT - New sectarian clashes in Minya. The Grand Imam of al Azhar: Let us all return to reason

Thursday, 21 July 2016 sectaniarism   dialogue

Minya (Agenzia Fides) - Four Christian Copts and five Muslims were injured in sectarian clashes which broke out in recent days in the village of Edmo, located in the governorate of Minya in Upper Egypt. After the clashes, the police have increased the level of control in the village, with the intent to prevent new clashes.
That of the village of Edmo is the latest episode of the escalation of sectarian conflict that is affecting in particular the governorate of Minya. The same Sheikh Ahmed al Tayyib, Grand Imam of al-Azhar, intervened with a public announcement, calling on people in the region to choose the path of reason, to prevent the spread of sectarian sedition. The "Egyptian Initiative" Organization has counted more or less 77 episodes of sectarian violence which occurred in the region of Minya after the so-called revolution of 26 January 2011. The governing bodies of the Egyptian Family House have decided to send some operators in some of the villages in the area where there have been more recent incidents, to contribute to social peace. But some organizations - including "Egyptian Initiative" - challenge the effectiveness of the so-called "reconciliation meetings", because they guarantee impunity to those responsible for violent and intimidating acts. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 21/07/2016)