Earlier this month, four Copts were murdered and 23 houses of Christian families looted and burned in the southern Egyptian village of Dabaaya. Copts say the violence against them has worsened since the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. (MCNdirect.com/Ramy)
Egyptâ€™s Muslim extremists, angry over the ouster of Mohammed Morsi from the presidency, have zeroed in on the nationâ€™s Christian minority, scapegoating them even though the Islamist leader was widely unpopular.
On Thursday, the body of a Christian merchant abducted last week from the town of Sheikh Zweid was found decapitated in Egyptâ€™s northern Sinai Peninsula. The grisly discovery came as attacks on Copts and their churches have escalated amid rumors that Christian leaders masterminded Morsiâ€™s removal.