Militants Kill Christians in Sinai

The Associated Press reports today that Christians in the northern part of Sinai are fleeing their homes after the latest killing of a Christian underscoring the government’s failure to protect the community. Plumber Kamel Youssef was gunned down at his home in front of his wife and children in the latest string of attacks against Christians by Islamic militant groups. Islamic militant groups in Egypt view Christians as infidels and have killed six members in the Christian community over the past few weeks. The local Islamic State affiliated group said earlier this week that they are planning on stepping up attacks against the Coptic Christian minority. Many Christians leaving their homes brought only suitcases of clothes, leaving most of their possessions behind. A local priest is quoted as saying, “You feel like this is all meant to force us to leave our homes.” Mina Thabet, a researcher with the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms, stated that hundreds of people have arrived in Ismailia on the Suez Canal from Sinai and that the scene there is, “really painful”.

AP story found here: https://www.apnews.com/8f566ab91e8a4b4494af1d5485de9b32/Christians-flee-Egypt’s-Sinai-after-militant-killings

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