Beyond Sectarian Violence: Socioeconomic Challenges for Copts in Egypt

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

Author(s): Amy Fallas

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As Coptic Christians held Christmas celebrations this past week, many also observed another more somber anniversary. On January 1, 2011, an explosion at Al-Qudiseen Church in Alexandria, Egypt killed 23 parishioners and injured nearly a hundred more. These violent attacks against Copts have continued with regularity throughout the subsequent decade—from incidents that drew international attention such as the Maspero Massacre in 2011 and the Palm Sunday church bombings in Tanta and Alexandria in 2017, to the lesser-known kidnappings and church arsons in Upper Egypt in 2013

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