More than 1,000 people gathered outside a recently-renovated Coptic church in Mina, Egypt, to intimidate and threaten those inside.
The heads of the Coptic congregation in the area were forced into attending a peace meeting, which aimed to stop the conflict between the group and the local Muslim community.
A source close to the church said: “Copts had to agree to the reconciliation that will be held this evening in the village hall. A written agreement was presented that indicated a framework of friendliness, love and brotherhood.
“A reconciliation and waiver of all records between the two sides must be signed, including a ‘non-provoke crisis’ clause.”
ts are regularly attacked or intimidated
One said: “We re-opened the church against your will!”
However local Coptic leaders say the messages were written by Muslims in an attempt to stir up anger at their church.
A Coptic church in Egypt following a deadly bomb attack
Churches are closed, the Coptic Christians are being attacked
The Coptic leader in the region said authorities were doing nothing to bring those responsible to justice.
Anba Macarius said: “Churches are closed, the Coptic Christians are being attacked and their property destroyed, and there is no deterrent.
“The Copts always pay the price of this coexistence, not the aggressors.
Egyptian Copts number in the millions in Egypt but are persectured
Coptic Christians, who make up about 10 per cent of Egypt’s 90 million people, have long complained of discrimination under successive Egyptian leaders.
Egypt has been named one of the most dangerous in the world for churchgoers, with Egypt’s Christian community increasingly insecure since ISIS spread through Iraq and Syria in 2014, ruthlessly targeting religious minorities.