Here's some footage of one such building going up in flames:
Below are excerpts from a
related news report:
Egypt: Islamists Hit Christian Churches
CAIRO (AP) - After torching a Franciscan school, Islamists paraded three nuns on the streets like "prisoners of war" before a Muslim woman offered them refuge.
Two other women working at the school were sexually harassed and abused as they fought their way through a mob.
In the four days since security forces cleared two sit-in camps by supporters of Egypt's ousted president,
Islamists have attacked dozens of Coptic churches along with homes and businesses owned by the Christian minority.
Christians have long suffered from discrimination and violence in Muslim majority Egypt, where they make up 10 percent of the population
of 90 million.
Attacks increased after the Islamists rose to power in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring uprising that drove Hosni Mubarak from power, emboldening extremists.
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