Eshhad documented 27 incidents in the first quarter of 2017. Of the 27 incidents documented, 25 incidents were against Christians, one incident targeted Sufi Muslims, and one incident targeted an Ahmadi.
Although the province of Minya continues to experience the highest number of reported sectarian incidents in Egypt overall, this quarter, North Sinai witnessed the greatest number of incidents. In the first quarter of 2017, eight incidents of the 27 incidents documented occurred in North Sinai, and five incidents in Minya. North Sinai’s overall ranking increased to the 6th highest province to experience sectarian incidents.
Notable developments from the report include:
- In the first quarter of 2017, eight of the 27 incidents documented occurred in North Sinai and five in Minya.
- This quarter, shootings were recorded the most number of times (six times) followed by four beheadings, accounting for the increased number of killings in North Sinai and other areas of Egypt.
- Abductions and disappearances continue to be the highest documented incident type overall since August 2013.
- Non-state actors carry out a vast majority of sectarian incidents. Of the 510 total incidents recorded since Eshhad began documenting, state actors directly carried out only 72 of the incidents (14%).