By Theodore Shoebat
It looks like Egypt is turning into another Iraq or Syria in which Christians and others have been being butchered and enslaved. In Egypt, the killing of Christians is becoming more and more brutal and common. Just recent, five Christians in Egypt were executed by Muslim terrorists, and they also took two more Christians — a father and son — and burned them alive before throwing their bodies onto the street. Here is one report:
It was just before dawn and the end of the night curfew as Mourad and seven members of his family started what he calls their “journey of fear”.
They hired a took a bus and made their way from Arish, their home in Egypt’s northern Sinai, to the city of Ismailia, which they reached three hours later.
“We moved in big numbers in order to avoid being harassed by militants who sometimes hold checkpoints,” recalled Mourad, a father of three who, like many interviewed for this story, did not give his full name out of fears for his safety.
“This was the scariest part. We knew that the drivers and the truck owners had already been threatened by the militants.”
Mourad and his family are but some of the hundreds of Coptic Christians who have fled Arish after five members of their faith were shot dead and another two were burned alive by Islamist militants during the last few weeks, according to eyewitnesses and Egyptian officials. As yet no group has claimed responsibility.
The burned bodies of Saed Hanna, 65, and his son Medhat were thrown into the streets of Arish, a city that has been a centre of protests against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
“The old man and his son who were killed, they were killed inside their home before the militants set it ablaze,” explained Mourad, who owns a small grocery store.
“Hours later the police came, and they started questioning the wife. Later they released her, without protecting her or keeping her in custody for her safety.”
Moura’s family is currently being looked after by the Coptic Church In Ismailia, spending their days in a room which used to be a classroom. They will eventually move to live with his brother in the Cairo suburb of Shubra, which is heavily populated with Coptic Christians.
“Luckily, I can return to Cairo,” he said. “But the status of the people here is disturbing.”