CAIRO - Egyptian police deployed at
churches across the country with orders to use live ammunition
to protect Coptic Christians over their Christmas holiday, the
Interior Ministry said on Monday.
Dozens of churches and Christian properties were attacked in
August, the month after the army overthrew Islamist President
Since then, although wider reprisals against Christians have
been infrequent, sectarian rhetoric from Islamists against
Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt's population,
has intensified and the authorities are on alert for any attack.
Morsi's relations with the Coptic church during his year in
office were poor. Pope Tawadros had accused the freely elected
Islamist of neglecting the Coptic community.