Bloomberg the Company & Products

Bloomberg Anywhere Login

Bloomberg

Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.

Company

Financial Products

Enterprise Products

Media

Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000

Communications

Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Egypt Christians Under Attack After Mursi Ouster, HRW Say

July 23 (Bloomberg) -- Christians in Egypt have been attacked several times since the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, Human Rights Watch said, calling for a government investigation.

The worst incident occurred on July 5 when four Christians were beaten to death by a mob in a village near Luxor in southern Egypt, while police failed to intervene during 17 hours of violence, the New York-based group said in a report published today. It cited at least six attacks on Christians across the country since the military’s July 3 intervention.

“Authorities in Egypt should ensure that prosecutors promptly and impartially investigate allegations of sectarian violence,” HRW said. “Police officers who fail to act appropriately should be held to account.”

Christian and secular groups joined a wave of street protests that led up to Mursi’s overthrow by the army, calling for his removal on the grounds he was seeking to consolidate Islamist control of the country. Leading Christian clerics endorsed the army’s action.

Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood has refused to join the interim government installed by the military, and has held daily protests to demand his restoration. They have frequently escalated into violent clashes with Brotherhood opponents or security forces.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ben Holland in Istanbul at bholland1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.