Christian Dies on New Years Eve after Hospital “Negligence”
A Members of an ethnic religious group from North Africa but primarily Egypt, where they are the largest Christian denomination in the country. Christian man died on New Year’s Eve from a gunshot wound to the head after reportedly being turned away by three hospitals in Cairo.
Ihab Ghattas, 23, was shot outside Mar Girgis (St George’s) Church in the Ain Shams area of Cairo after celebrating mass. The Maspero Youth Union (MYU), a Coptic activist group, claims that a member of the Muslim Brotherhood shot Ghattas following a protest outside the church by the Islamist group. In a statement released on New Year’s Day, the MYU claimed that Ghattas died because of “negligence” on the part of the hospitals that refused to treat him.
Mideast Christian News (MCN) reports that Ghattas was turned away by one hospital because it was deemed not to be an emergency and by another due to a lack of beds. The third hospital refused to treat him due to the absence of an intensive care unit, according to the MYU. Though he was finally admitted by a fourth hospital, St. Peter’s in the ancient city of Heliopolis, he died soon after arriving. The MYU reported that by that time he had been “bleeding for three hours.” The group has called for an investigation.
MCN reported that Muslim Brotherhood supporters fired birdshot at St. George’s Church, after which a group of young people from the church, including Ghattas, joined police in defending it. Similar protests reportedly took place across the country, but police used tear gas to disperse them.
Source: World Watch News
Father, we grieve over the needless death of Ihab Ghattas who died defending his place of worship. As his family and the Christian community mourn their loss, grant them Your tender comfort, and as they seek answers, grant them wisdom and discernment. And we pray for the nation of Egypt that the light of Christ might extend throughout the land, expel the darkness and bring peace. In the name of Jesus into whose arms he has found eternal rest and joy. Amen.