Chaos in Egypt: Christians “Hacked With Axes,” Priest Beheaded

Posted: September 8, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Roughly ten percent of Egyptians self-identity as Christians. Sadly, however, many are now probably fearing for their lives as Muslim extremists prowl the streets with axes and the country looks increasingly unstable, according to the Associated Press:

With a mob of Muslim extremists on their tail, [a] Christian businessman and his nephew climbed up on the roof and ran for their lives, jumping from building to building in their southern Egyptian village. Finally they ran out of rooftops.

Forced back onto the street, they were overwhelmed by several dozen men. The attackers hacked them with axes and beat them with clubs and tree limbs, killing Emile Naseem, 41. The nephew survived with wounds to his shoulders and head and recounted the chase to The Associated Press.

The mob’s rampage through the village of Nagaa Hassan, burning dozens of Christian houses and stabbing to death three other Christians as well 

Egypt’s northern Sinai region has been a particular target for increased murders and death threats of Christians, as well as destruction of Christian-owned property, Morning Star News reported.

Kidnappings by Islamic militants have become fairly common in northern Sinai, which is home to about 5,000 Christians. Egyptian Coptic priest Yousef Soubhy told Morning Star News that the kidnapping and murder of a Christian merchant by suspected militants was intended to harass Christians.

The 60-year-old Sinai merchant, Magdy Lamei, was kidnapped July 6 and found beheaded and abandoned in a cemetery July 10, the Associated Press said. A Coptic priest, Mina Aboud Sharubim, also was shot and killed July 6 in a market.

Four other Christians in southern Egypt were murdered July 5, said Samaan, human rights group director. After one of the Christians — Emile Naseem Saroufeem — was accused of killing a Muslim man, an Islamic mob sought revenge by killing Saroufeem and three others who tried to hide him. Saroufeem was considered his village’s most outspoken supporter of Morsi’s demise, AP reported.

“Emile [Saroufeem] was the de facto Tamarod [rebel] leader in the village and that did not escape the notice of the militants,” AP quoted a friend of Saroufeem. “He, like other activists, received threatening text messages for weeks before he was killed.” 


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