A social services building in Alexandria, owned by Abu-Seifein church in Lumbroso, which housed a home for the aged and an orphanage, was bulldozed. The security authorities claimed the building was unlicensed, but Father Antonious of Abu-Seifein’s told Watani that the Church had purchased the land on which it later built the social services centre in 2007; the purchase had then already included a valid building permit. Last February the church was informed by the relevant authorities that a demolition order had been issued for the building on the pretext that it was not licensed, upon which the church swiftly took the matter to court, and a court decision was due on 29 November.
It is obvious though that the authorities decided not to risk an unfavourable ruling, and rushed to demolish the building before any ruling was issued. The furniture was thrown out, and the building bulldozed. Damages amount to some two million Egyptian pounds.