Friday, February 24, 2017

Egyptian Copts Flee Sinai After Being Targeted By Islamic State Attacks

Image of Daesh militants in Sinai [file photo]

Naharnet: Copts Flee Sinai after Suspected Islamic State Attacks

Dozens of Coptic Christians have left Egypt's Sinai Peninsula after a string of jihadist attacks killed three Christians in the restive province, church officials said.

On Thursday, suspected Islamic State jihadists killed a member of the minority in the North Sinai city of El-Arish and set his house on fire.

About 250 Christians took refuge in the Evangelical Church in the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya, said church deacon and administrator Nabil Shukrallah.

"They've come running with their children. It's a very difficult situation. We're expecting 50 or 60 more," he told AFP.

Other church officials said they have also received Copts fleeing the peninsula.

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More News On Egyptian Copts Fleeing Sinai After Being Targeted By The Islamic State

Egypt Christians flee Sinai after a spate of attacks -- AP
ISIS Egypt affiliate: Christians are our 'favorite prey' -- FOX News
ISIS vows more attacks on Egypt’s Christians -- Catholic Herald
Sixth Christian killed in Egypt’s Sinai in a month -- Middle East Monitor
Egyptian Coptic Christian killed, house torched -- AFP
Christian father is shot dead and his son is burned alive in Egyptian ISIS hotbed days after the group vowed Christians were its 'favourite prey' -- Daily Mail
Egypt: Coptic Christian killed in his House in North Sinai -- Middle East Confidential

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