Egyptian Christians in the Sinai Peninsula are fleeing their homes en masse in the wake of Islamic State terrorist attacks, the New York Times reports.
Violence against Egypt’s Christian community has surged since the ousting of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and the election of an Islamist party to power. The current Christian exodus comes after an ISIS propaganda video was released last Sunday promising more attacks on the religious minority.
The video came after an ISIS terrorist killed a Christian man along with his pregnant wife, and then hung around to finish a soda before leaving. “They want to send a message that nobody is safe,” an aid worker told the New York Times. ISIS was also responsible for one of Egypt’s deadliest terror attacks in December, when 25 Christians were killed in a church during a prayer service.
ISIS terrorists also gunned down a Coptic priest, Father Rafael Moussa, while he was on his way back from prayer in July.
“We are at a breaking point,” Bishop Makarios, a Christian leader in northern Egypt said in September. “People can’t put up with any more of this.” Local violence by angry supporters of the democratically elected government have since conducted nearly 300 attacks on the Christian community.
The Egyptian government appointed a Muslim cleric to oversee relations between the Christian and Muslim community. The appointed cleric insisted that “Everything is good” between Christians and Muslims.
“No one has even been wounded. There’s no conflict. The problem is really with the journalists writing about it,” the cleric continued.
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