Egypt's Christians Under Attack In North Sinai
At least seven Christians have been killed in the last two months in Arish, Egypt. In North Sinai, the area connecting Egypt and Israel, Christians are facing a fierce campaign from Islamic terrorists. Many Christians are now fleeing their homes to find safety.
Seven Christians Killed, Many Fleeing Their Homes
Nabila, who is from Arish, saw her son and husband killed in front of her. Two masked men forced their way into the family home, killing the men and confirming their names. One of the men then proceeded to cross the names off a list before setting the house on fire.
Nabila left with 84 other families not long after heading to Ismailia. She was later interviewed by the BBC.
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Earlier this year a video by an Islamic terrorist group said that Christians would now be the targets of their killings.
Yonas Dembele, persecution analyst at World Watch Research said, “The Egyptian State has so far failed to safeguard the security of Christians, especially in the North Sinai, despite the serious threats they have faced for a long time."
Munir Munir who’s family also fled Arish, shared with Reuters, "Our neighbours took our land because we are Christian. They tried to attack me and my sister, and when my father came to defend us they sprayed his face with acid."
Yonas Dembele from World Watch monitor shared that, “Those displaced from their homes because of their faith are in a state of shock and in need of urgent assistance.” Many believers are staying in churches or hostels temporarily as a result.
Image: Christians taking shelter in a church after fleeing the Sinai.
The North Sinai has seen increasing violence and instability since the current president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, took power. But the nature of the conflict has changed, says Yonas, “These attacks, which had previously targeted police, military personnel and checkpoints, have now come to focus on ordinary Christians. They seem to be a deliberate attempt on the part of the militants to drive out Christians from the region, spark religious conflict and destabilise the country.”
Egypt is home to over 9.5 million Christians and is ranked number 21 on the World Watch List.
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- Pray for Christians who have fled to find the support they need.
- Pray for an end to the violence in North Sinai and that the government could protect Christians who stay.
- Pray that God would reveal the risen Lord Jesus to those who persecute.