On 5 July 2013, four Coptic Christian men were killed by local residents in Luxor. Scores of Christian homes were also torched and looted. Security forces were present at the scene but failed to stop the violence. These latest sectarian murders will test the new Egyptian authorities’ political will and ability to break the pattern of failure to act and cover-up which has characterized successive governments’ responses to sectarian violence. The authorities must immediately take necessary measures to ensure security for Christians and other minorities and uphold their right to life and physical integrity.
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