12 May 2011: Tensions between Islamists and Coptic Christians in Egypt escalated over the weekend, with attacks on two churches in Cairo’s Imbaba suburb. The clashes left 12 dead and more than 200 injured. Eternity has spoken with two Australian-based authorities for their understanding of what happened, and for an update on the situation in Egypt. Ian Wright, CEO of aid organisation Barnabas Fund Australia, says that on Saturday 7 May, members of the conservative Salafi Islamist group threw fire bombs at a church and Christian property. They also attacked another church which they believed was holding captive a female convert to Islam. He says that what triggered the violence was a televised interview in which a Christian woman denied that she had ever become a Muslim. Following the televised interview, several hundred Islamists surrounded a six-storey building, demanding the release of the convert they believed was being held captive. The residents, largely Coptic Christians, barricaded themselves within the building.