U.S. concerned about violence against Christians in Middle East

09:39, January 05, 2011      

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The United States said on Tuesday that it is concerned about a recent "string of attacks" against Christians in the Middle East.

"We condemn all violence that is based on religion or ethnicity or any similar political violence," U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said at a briefing.

He said the United States is deeply concerned about what seems to be an increasing trend.

"Clearly, there are pressures on minority groups in these countries, and we would hope and expect that those respective governments will fully investigate these attacks and bring those responsible to justice," said Crowley.

The past week has seen a number of attacks against Christians in several Middle East countries. A series of attacks targeting Iraqi Christians on Thursday in Baghdad left at least two killed and 14 others wounded.

On Saturday, a suicide bomber blew himself up when Christians left a church in the Egyptian city of Alexandria after attending the New Year Mass. Twenty one were killed and nearly 100 others were wounded in the blast.

Hundreds of Copts took part in marches Sunday in Cairo and Alexandria, condemning the church explosion and protesting against government's failure to protect their community. Clashes broke out between hundreds of outraged young Christian protesters and the Egyptian police.

Source: Xinhua

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