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Muslims, Copts rebuild church destroyed in sectarian clashes in Egypt

Christian woman lights a candle at Saint Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church before Pope Francis is scheduled to visit, in Cairo, Egypt on April 23, 2017. (Reuters)
CAIRO: Muslims and Coptic Christians in the Upper Egypt governorate of Minya began rebuilding a church that has been destroyed in sectarian clashes, which erupted last April.
In the name of love, unity and cooperation, residents of the “Kom Al-Loufi” village in the city of Samalut are rebuilding a church, called “The Virgin and the Martyr Abanoub,” after it was destroyed during clashes between Muslims and Copts.
The reconstruction plans commenced in December, said Ibrahim Mohammed, a village resident quoted by Al-Masry el-Youm.
Member of Parliament, Magdy Malak, was quoted saying they are known for their honesty and cooperation regardless of religion, color or creed. He stressed that their collaboration to construct the church proves their deep ties.
Clashes at the time erupted when Muslim families noticed groups of Copts performing ecclesiastical rituals inside a house without permission. Altercations between between both sides led to violent clashes.

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