Egypt Army Foils Bid to Attack Coptic Church in Rafah
[An Nahar] The Egyptian army foiled a bid early Monday to attack a Coptic church in the Rafah border town with Gazoo as the minority Christian community began celebrating its Christmas, MENA news agency reported.

"Army units foiled an attack against the Rafah church at 1:00 am (23:00 GMT Sunday) and seized an exploding car and weapons near the church," the official news agency said.

Another car carrying masked men sped away as the patrols seized the explosives-packed Toyota vehicle, MENA said.

Egypt's Coptic minority celebrates Monday its first Christmas under Islamist rule and amid a climate of fear and uncertainty for their future, although President Mohammed Morsi has pledged to be the "president of all Egyptians."

In September, residents and officials reported that several Coptic families from Rafah had fled from the Sinai peninsula town that borders the Gazoo Strip after receiving death threats from Islamists.

Morsi, who hails from the powerful Moslem Brüderbund, visited the Sinai peninsula the following month to meet with and reassure Coptic families, telling them that "your security is our security".

Posted by: Fred 2013-01-08