Human rights group Amnesty International has urged Egypt to better protect its Coptic minority. The number of attacks on the country's indigenous Christians has recently skyrocketed amid the broader political turmoil.
Egypt says police have killed 19 Islamist militants from a cell suspected of carrying out a deadly attack on Coptic Christians. Gunmen ambushed the pilgrims last week as they traveled home from a remote monastery.
Asia Bibi, a Pakistani-Christian woman accused of blasphemy, was released from jail on Wednesday amid violent Islamist protests against her Supreme Court acquittal. But Bibi can reportedly still not leave the country.
In a DW interview, Saif-ul-Malook, the lawyer of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death in 2010 for committing blasphemy, says while international support for Bibi is encouraging, he is not hopeful for clemency.
More than 40 people have been killed in attacks that targeted Coptic churches in Egypt. Anba Damian, general bishop of Copts in Germany, has described a climate of terror and persecution in his homeland of Egypt.
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