Coptic priest murdered in Sinai by Islamists

The Coptic priest Mina Aboud Sharween was attacked Saturday by Islamist gunmen in the northern Sinai town of El Arish shortly after the Muslim Brotherhood declared Sinai its center of revolt against the military coup which deposed Mohamed Morsi as president. The Brotherhood criticized Pope Tawardros, leader of Egypt’s 8 million Copts, for giving his blessing for Morsi’s removal by the military. In Cairo, Morsi’s supporters have begun assembling for more protests after 36 people were killed and 1,100 were injured in violent clashes in the capital and Alexandria Friday night.

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