Father Mikhail of the Fayoum Archbishopric has denied the allegations of an attack on the St Mary Girgis Church in Fayoum on Friday.
Claims of an attack on the church spread via several news outlets on Friday. A group of assailants allegedly hurled stones at the church in the village of Sarsena, in the Tamiya district, in Fayoum. Allegations went on to state that the reason for the attack was a result of a three-month conflict between a Muslim family living beside a Coptic occasions house used as a general nursery. The Muslim family made a hole in the wall between the church building and their house to monitor the activities inside. The attack allegedly destroyed the cross on the dome, part of the interior, and some sacred images.
“Media Outlets have exaggerated the incident. It was a minor fight between a neighbour and the church shepheard,” Father Mikhail said.
He added: “The fight was subdued at once by neighbours at the village, and the church was not attacked or damaged.” (Daily news Egypt)