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Egypt: Brotherhood, Hamas 'plot to attack churches'
Published Thursday 02/01/2014 (updated) 03/01/2014 17:22
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – The Egyptian intelligence said Wednesday that groups affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas movement plotted to blow up Coptic churches in the North Sinai district during Christmas celebrations on Jan. 7.

Egypt's al-Watan newspaper reported that Egyptian intelligence intercepted communications between “terrorist groups” in Sinai and activists of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

The Sinai groups, according to the report, were given directives to continue with “what they called Jihad” against Egyptian police and army, according to the report.

They were also told to expect weapons and funds in a few days through smuggling tunnels from the Gaza Strip “via three members of the Hamas military wing,” the newspaper report alleged.

The report highlighted that Egyptian security arrested a member of a “terrorist” group in Sinai and he had ciphered letters from which Egyptian experts learned that explosives and 700,000 Egyptian pounds would be sent to the militant groups in Sinai.

The ciphers, according to al-Watan, instructed the “terrorists” to carry out several attacks against churches simultaneously during Christmas celebrations.
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1 ) Nonesense. Islam treats CHRIST / IANS with UTMOST RESPECT
02/01/2014 16:36
Christians FLOCK INTO ISLAMIC COUNTRIES BY DROVES they yearn for the freedom of speech, safety and respect Islam gives them thruout history!

2 ) Paul / Kenya
02/01/2014 18:05
Right, tell that to the Coptics living in Egypt, the Christians in Iraq & Pakistan. Islam has no respect for Christians or their Churches. See massacre of Christians in Islamic countries.

3 ) Sisi coward / Gaza
02/01/2014 19:07
Who believes this military that kills it's own people in the streets on camera

4 ) Maureen / Australia
02/01/2014 19:27
The Egyptian junta "intelligence." LOL! A bunch of moronic, non democratic, liars and murderers. Who. Could believe anything the non intelligent Egyptian junta says?

5 ) roman / usa
02/01/2014 19:46
@1, Christ and Christianity , according to muslims, is two different things. if Christ called a profit in Islam, Christianity called a heresy.

6 ) Mel / USA
02/01/2014 20:08
Hmmm,obviously Egyptian "intelligence" is back in the hands of its COUP masters,USG&Israel. You can hear & see the D.C./Tel Aviv hasbara-machine chugging away,from here.That reminds me,where is EGIS Omar 'Slasher' Suleiman these days?Back in Lazoghley Square?

7 ) Roger Bourne / Australia
02/01/2014 20:33
Islam declares that God does not have a son. Christianity proclaims that Y'shua is God's son. As a son, Y'shua is equal to God the Father. Y'shua co-created everything. Y'shua has all power and authority in heaven and in earth. He will judge the world. Christians are protected by Y'shua and without Him there is nothing. Christians only seek His approval.

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
02/01/2014 21:50
Sure.

9 ) Abdullah Abd Al Karim / KSA
02/01/2014 22:43
This is almost definitely a smear campaign to implicate Hamas in Egypt's troubles, by its enemies. Hamas is an Islamic Resistance Movement that has Palestine at its heart. It has done untold good for the people of Gaza & has always supported the Christian population there. There are many who wish to see the demise of Hamas, especially Isreal & US, who will stop at virtually nothing to ensure Hamas falls. Hamas won elections fairly in 2006 & look what Isreal, US, et al then did. Stay strong Hamas

10 ) Tibi / Tubas
03/01/2014 00:39
The Islamic Brotherhood and Hamas have already done a lot more than just "plot to attack churches", with many ancient irreplaceable churches already burned to the ground, and real ethnic cleansing far exceeding the made claims against Israel.

11 ) Colin Wright / USA
03/01/2014 03:46
To Paul #2: 'Right, tell that to the Coptics living in Egypt, the Christians in Iraq & Pakistan. Islam has no respect for Christians or their Churches. ' Whether you're Christian or Jewish, it takes true chutzpah to level that particular accusation against Islam. Islam arguably has its flaws -- but neither one of its stablemates are in any position to criticize it on the score of tolerance.

12 ) Outlier / USA
03/01/2014 19:32
11, Colin, "Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining." Paul is correct- there are major groups within Islam with no respect or tolerance for other religions. Yes, there are also major groups within Islam with respect and tolerance for other religions. WHERE ARE THOSE TOLERANT MUSLIMS WHEN IT COMES TO DENOUNCING THOSE WHO ATTACK OTHER RELIGIONS? That, Colin, is the the question you should be asking.

13 ) Muslim Citizen / EU
03/01/2014 20:55
@12- Outlier:Where were there tolerant people of none or other faiths, who stood up & denounced Bush's 'War on Terror;, which resulted in many of the billion plus tolerant Muslims of the world having their lives trashed overnight. Persecution & vilification of the Muslim community became acceptable (almost on par with the Spanish Inquisition) through 'Guilt by Association'. America, land of the free, but not if you are Muslim. Christian Zionism has a lot to answer for, as do Bush & Blair. Shame!

14 ) Outlier / USA
03/01/2014 23:50
13., Muslim, this article and this discussion is not about me and not about the US. That is a separate discussion.

15 ) Poetry Reader / Anon
04/01/2014 18:44
An injustice is an 'injustice' irrespective of the who or what the subject of that injustice is. I would like to direct readers of Ma'an to some rather thought provoking prose; "The Hangman" by Maurice Ogden (pseudonym Jack Denoya) or the various versions of Pastor Martin Niemoller's: "First they came..." of which some may be aware. We all have a duty to speak out, whether it be about injustice to Christians in Egypt (or other lands), the US 'War on Terror' against Muslims, silence is complicity

16 ) Reality Check / World
05/01/2014 01:17
#13 Don't blame America's war on terrorism for the ails of the Muslim world. Its not America that's killing off muslims its muslims killing muslims. Its not America inciting Imams to pass laws that allow the butchering of minorities aswell as other muslims. Its not America preaching radical Islam and brainwashing and destroying the entire Middle East, Its not America bombing Mosques and Funerals like uncivilized animals. In America your still a human being even if your Muslim.
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