Deadly violence against Christians has been on the rise in Egypt. Finally, evil jihadists who waged a bloody campaign against Christians in Egypt are being brought to justice.
We told you about horrific attacks in Egypt in the last few years that have resulted in the slaughter of innocent Christians:
Remember, . . . in December of 2016, that a “bomb ripped through a section reserved for women at Cairo’s main Coptic cathedral during Sunday morning Mass, killing at least 25 people and wounding 49, mostly women and children.”
And then, in April of 2017, ISIS “suicide” bombers carried out two attacks within hours of each other striking two Coptic churches on Palm Sunday. These attacks resulted in [at least] 44 deaths and 126 wounded, making it the deadliest attack on Coptic Christians in decades. Just one month later, in May, terrorists riding in three SUVs opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians. They killed 28 and wounded 22 more.
These horrific examples are just some of the most deadly attacks, and we must all remember that much of the persecution against Egypt’s Christians does not make international headlines.
Now, we can report that at last there has been some justice for these innocent Christian victims.
A military court in Egypt just sentenced 17 Islamic radicals to death for their role in the cold-blooded massacre of these innocent Coptic Christians.
Seventeen Islamic militants were sentenced to death on Thursday for their role in multiple church bombings in Egypt that killed scores of Coptic Christians.
The Associated Press reported that another 19 defendants were issued life sentences by a military court, while nine others were given 15 years in prison for terror-related charges.
Several were found guilty of being involved in a suicide bombing at St. Mark's Cathedral in Cairo in December 2016, where 25 people died. Others were found guilty of being involved in the twin suicide bombings in churches in Alexandria and Tanta on Palm Sunday in April 2017, where 45 were killed.
We are hopeful that the Egyptian government and authorities will continue to arrest and prosecute terrorists and put an end to this heartless bloodshed.
While the prosecution, conviction, and sentencing of these jihadists for their atrocious crimes against Christians is a substantial step in the right direction, we are reminded that the jihadist slaughter of Christians in Egypt is a systemic problem. As we have reported:
One of the most recent examples of the relentless persecution occurred on Friday, December 29, 2017, when, according to reports, jihadists carried out two terror attacks against Coptic Christians resulting in the death of 9 victims.
The first attack was carried out by at least one ISIS terrorist on a motorcycle who attempted to storm a Church in south Cairo before being killed by security forces. The terrorist was found wearing an explosive belt that, if successfully detonated, would have resulted in numerous deaths. However, this attack still resulted in the death of seven victims, including six civilians and one police officer. Others were wounded.
That same day, ISIS carried out a second attack, this one against a Christian-owned shop. Two people were killed.
ISIS later claimed responsibility for both of these attacks.
Just a few days later, another jihadist gunman on a motorcycle shot and killed two Coptic Christians on New Year’s Day as they were helping a neighboring shop owner move boxes into his car.
According to BBC, “More than 100 Christians have been killed in Egypt in the past year, with most attacks claimed by the local branch of IS militants.”
We ask that you keep the families and the victims in your thoughts and prayers. But we also must take action.
We will continue advocating for those facing ISIS genocide around the world, and urging the international community to stand up against these barbaric acts; to protect the victims; and to defeat ISIS and all jihadist groups that threaten Christians and other religious minorities, wherever innocent lives are threatened – including Egypt.
We’re mobilizing our offices worldwide and working in Congress to defend Christians. Support our work for the persecuted Church today.
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