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Libya: Benghazi’s new Coptic church has been set on fire, burned or burned out

My social media monitors picked up that @libyanproud had reported: ‘Coptic Church in Benghazi burned in retaliation to the Libyan flag burning at the Libyan embassy in Cairo’. I saw the photo and shared the news. And the building certainly has suffered arson. But the question of whether it was “set on fire”, “burned” or “burned out” has not been answered yet. And that highlights the (both historically and emotionally) awkward problem of describing damage and destruction.

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