Hundreds dead and churches attacked in Egypt violence

The Egyptian government has confirmed that 525 people were killed and thousands more injured in violence that ensued after security services dispersed a sit-in by supporters of former President Morsi. Coptic Church media sources report that at least 52 churches were attacked across the country after the protesters were dispersed.

The crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood protesters was immediately followed by a spate of attacks on the Coptic community by Islamists, with many churches and Christian-owned businesses burnt or completely destroyed. According to news reports, the Egyptian Bible Society building in Assuit has been razed to the ground.