All of a sudden, the small village of el-Qatawia captured the headlines in politically polarized Egypt. El-Qatawia, located in the Delta province of Sharqia, would have continued to be obscure had it not been for recent grisly incidents triggered by a Facebook comment.
Think tanks look into the Egyptian crisis using pre-conceived moulds based on previously tested standards and accordingly make conclusions of political, economic and legal possibilities. In recent weeks, the Egyptian army's role has been at the centre of attention along with the spiraling effects of an acute economic crisis.
However, two days of blood violence in el-Qatawia should prompt analysts to change their tack and look deeper at ulterior factors, which can cause an unexpected explosion in Egypt.
Sparking the unrest
Egyptians usually mock such obscure villages, saying they do not exist on the map. Nonetheless, el-Qatawia has abruptly made headlines, exposing what may be latent in Egypt's depths.Abdullah Kamal
Murders are not uncommon in Egyptian villages. Usually, they are not politically motivated, except those happening during election campaigning. The incident was the first of its kind in el-Qatawia, which probably has not taken part in the protests that have rocked Egypt in the past two years.