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Egypt: police destroy church

On 16 June, police forcibly entered a three-storey Christian community centre in Saft al-Kharsa, a village around 60 miles south of Cairo, and destroyed it.

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President el-Sisi of Egypt| photo: Wiki

They flung furniture and worship materials on to the street and barred the door with chains. The building is not officially registered as a church. However, local Christians applied to formally register it in November 2016 – following the Egyptian Parliament’s landmark ruling which was supposed to replace Ottoman-era restrictions on the construction of churches – but to date have received no official reply.