3 Things to Know About the Deadly Egypt Attack

May 27, 2017 by Janelle P in Africa

Gunmen opened fire yesterday on vehicles carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt. At least 26 were killed in the deadly attack and 23 were wounded. The dead included children, older adults and laborers.

Police are now trying to gather evidence to convict the killers, but no group has claimed the attack yet.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the bombing of a Coptic cathedral back in December as well as the attack on Palm Sunday.

In light of this tragic attack, here are the top 3 things you need to know:

  1. Tensions between Christians and Muslims are said to be the highest in Minya, which is where today’s attack occurred. The president declared a state of emergency in Egypt following the Palm Sunday attack, and Christians are living in fear and uncertainty. Believers face violence and sometimes must keep their faith a secret due to discrimination.
  2. Today is also the beginning of Ramadan, a holy month celebrated by Muslims. Persecution of Christians often increases during this time. You can download our Ramadan Prayer Calendar HERE.
  3. Believers are facing their greatest time of need right now. It is becoming increasingly risky to be a Christian in Egypt, in the wake of so many deadly attacks. Will you partner with us to strengthen believers in Egypt by giving to Christian Community Restoration?