Thousands of Egyptian Christians attended the funerals of four members of a single family who were gunned down as they attended a Coptic wedding on Sunday. The bride and groom survived, but two of the victims were girls aged 8 and 12.
Circling the coffins, the crowds called out for justice.
Coptic Christians who make up 10 percent of the population have been the target of dozens of attacks since the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi by the military in July.
Many of them feel they are paying the price for the army takeover but Coptic Christian Adel El Erian hopes it won’t divide the county.
“I would like to tell the enemies of Egypt, outside and inside the country, that the people of Egypt – whether Christian, Muslim, army or police – will always be united.”
Prime Minister Hazem Beblawi said that ‘such heinous acts’ would not be tolerated adding that security forces were searching for the perpetrators.
His words, however, may prove little comfort for a community living in fear of attack.