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Egypt: Christian Shops Burned

(Jan. 2, 2008) On December 16, 2007, tension between Christians and Muslims in the southern city of Isna in Egypt led to the burning of Christian-owned shops and the damaging of a church. The incident is believed to have been the result of mob reaction to a rumor that a Muslim girl was having sex with two Christian boys. The police arrested 15 Egyptian Muslims accused of involvement in the riot. (Cell Phone Causes Religious Violence in Isna, AL-SHARQ AL-AWSAT, Dec. 17, 2007.)