Cairo (Agenzia Fides) – “The situation has been calm so far but one lives in tension due to the demonstrations announced today by supporters of ousted President Morsi. I hope that nothing serious happens”, says to Fides Agency Fr. Rafic Greiche, spokesman of the Catholic Bishops of Egypt
“In much of Egypt, security conditions are improving but not in Giza and Al Minya” says the priest.
In this regard, Fr. Greiche reported the assault against a Coptic Orthodox monastery in a small village near Al Minya. “A group of people attacked the monastery and beat the monks. The police intervened but it was too late for the monks who were taken to hospital. One is still in hospital, the other was discharged”. “It must be said that it is not always easy for the police to move in areas such as Minya, where Christians are always on the alert for the presence of various jihadist groups”, said Fr. Greiche
“Minya is one of the governorates where in the past (in the 90s) there was a large number of terrorist attacks. It is one of the focal points of the presence of jihadist groups”, recalls the priest.
“This is because the geography of the area favors the movements of these groups, often formed by Bedouin families who move easily, and can hide in the nearby mountains”.
The authorities in Cairo have imposed strict security measures all over the country in view of the announced protests after Friday prayers. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 23/08/2013)
via AFRICA/EGYPT – Tension for today’s demonstrations. A Coptic monastery attacked – Fides News Agency.
I have a friend whose father wrote for Edger Bergen and she once found Edger talking with “Charlie” about Plato and Aristotle when no one else was around – grin.
(BBC passing on load of you know what from Chinese who want to blame wild birds and not gazillions of caged birds that provide the most perfect breeding ground for new viruses that get passed on to wild birds afterwards. It is not accident that the problem is bigger since the poultry market went global about 20 years ago and you have billions more birds being raised and sold in live markets than ever before and chicks and eggs being shipped all over the globe 24/7.)
Ducks were the melting pot of viruses that led to the new bird flu emerging in China early this year, according to Chinese scientists tracking the evolution of the virus.
Ducks picked up viruses from migrating birds and passed them onto chickens.
The study, published in the journal Nature, showed humans were probably then infected with H7N9 due to contact with chickens at live poultry markets.
There have been 133 human cases of the bird flu and 43 deaths.
The team, including researchers at the Shantou University Medical College, were trying to trace the root of the outbreak.
They took samples from 1,341 chickens, ducks, geese, pigeons, partridges and quail as well as faecal and water samples from live poultry markets.
By comparing the similarities and differences between the genetic codes of influenza viruses in each of the animals, scientists can work out how the virus evolved and spread.
Their report said: “Domestic ducks seem to act as key intermediate hosts by acquiring and maintaining diverse influenza viruses from migratory birds.
via BBC News – Ducks were bird flu ‘melting pot’.