Muslims attack Coptic Christians at Egypt’s Assiut University over leaflets, flyers
Fights broke out on Saturday between Muslims and Coptic Christian students in Egypt’s Assiut University women’s dorms after a Coptic student reportedly proselytized Christianity to Muslim students, leaving 12 students and supervisors injured.
A Coptic law student had distributed proselytizing leaflets and booklets in university dorms with her friend, an engineering student, a security source told the Egyptian Independent.
“The Lord Invites You” and “Salvation Ship” is the title of two booklets involved in the “proselytizing” to the Muslim students as the law student asked them to convert to Christianity.
”These actions raised the ire of Muslim students,” the security source said.
Both students and supervisors who were injured trying to resolve the dispute, the source said. They sustained injuries to their heads and bodies.
Some Muslim students had said they reported the Coptic students’ actions to the building management, but that the management failed to stop them.
The two sides started fighting amid shouts of sectarian chants, and when the building supervisor tried to intervene, women from both sides started beating her.
Demonstrations by both sides started and lasted until 3 am Sunday.