EGYPT: Church Pastor’s niece, 10, gunned down and killed leaving Sunday School class, dozens more injured in attacks by Morsi supporters

Jessica-Boulous-Morning-Star-News-photo-courtesy-of-Boulous-familyA Coptic Christian girl walking home from a Bible class at her church was shot and killed this week in Cairo by an unidentified gunman. Amid a near-constant din of threats and scattered attacks against the Christian population in Egypt by militant political Islamists, the human rights representatives said 10-year-old Jessica Boulous (photo above) was killed Aug. 6th while walking from the Ahmed Esmat Street Evangelical Church through a market to her home with her Sunday school teacher.

Christian Post  The teacher turned to buy an item at a market stall only to turn back and find Jessica lying in the dirt in a puddle of blood, rights activists said. A Muslim shopkeeper who knew Jessica saw her fall to the ground and ran to her side. He took off his shirt, wrapped it around her motionless body and rushed her to a hospital, but she was already dead.

A single bullet had passed through her chest and heart, killing her instantly, witnesses said. Nasr Allah Zakaria, Jessica’s uncle, said the killing has devastated the girl’s family. “I just can’t believe she is gone,” Zakaria said. “She was such a sweet little girl. She was like a daughter to me. I can’t believe she is gone.”

Violence or intimidation against Christians has become almost a daily occurrence in most parts of Egypt. In the aftermath of the protests that led to the removal of Mohamed Morsi as president, militant supporters of Morsi have publically scapegoated the Coptic Christian minority for the Islamic Brotherhood-backed president’s fall from power. Many have called for revenge against Christians. Less than 12 hours after the Egyptian military announced that it had expelled Morsi from office, reports of attacks against Christians by Morsi supporters began.

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The attacks were inspired by a near-constant stream of vitriol from Islamic leaders calling for retribution against the Copts.

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood on Aug. 2 distributed flyer threatening to attack church buildings and police stations in Minya in Upper Egypt, according to local residents. Muslim Brotherhood leaders have stated that the attacks against the Christians will not stop until Morsi has returned to power. The new wave of attacks has included drive-by-shootings, kidnappings, attacks on church buildings and Christian-owned property and now two lethal shootings.

On the same day Jessica was killed, masked gunmen burst into a grocery store in Jazeerat Al Khazendara village in Souhag and attacked a Coptic Christian family according to the rights activists. During the kidnapping attempt, Milad Ebeed was abducted and his father, mother and brother were all shot. His father, Sadek Ebeed, 75, died at the store. The others sustained serious, but not life-threatening wounds. Milad Ebeed was later released after a ransom was paid, the rights activists said.

For the past two weeks, unidentified vandals have painted graffiti on church buildings and Christian-owned homes and businesses in Assuit declaring, “Egypt is Muslim, not Christian.”

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