Violence broke out in Luxor on Friday, following a fight between a group of Christians and a single Muslim man, who died of his injuries, resulting in 4 Coptic Christians being killed and 32 injured.
Daily News Egypt Al-Ahram also reported that groups of local Muslims attacked the villages of Naga Hasan and Dabaya after news broke of Hassan Sayyed Segdy’s death earlier that morning.
The Egyptian Social Democratic Party stated in a press release that the four killed in the violence hailed from the two villages, located approximately 25 minutes from Luxor. Their injuries were consistent with attacks with both blunt and bladed weapons. The statement said that three other Christian men remain in a critical condition in Luxor International Hospital with various injuries.
The party also gave details of the burning of 27 houses belonging to local Copts by groups who allegedly attacked the local Coptic Orthodox Diocese; the police and army intervened, firing tear gas to disperse crowds.
Today marks a week since the popular Tamarod campaign began; protests were planned in Luxor to show support and solidarity for the campaign which brought millions of Egyptians to the streets on 30 June.