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Two Coptic Christians (government employees) were shot dead last week for refusing to pay Jizya, the Muslim poll tax on Christians. Emad Damian, 50, and his cousin Medhat Damian, 37, from the village of Sahel Selim in Assuit Province, were contacted two days before their murder by the leader of a Muslim gang, who was identified by Watany Coptic Newspaper as Ashraf Ahmed Mohammed Khalajah, a registered criminal from the village.

According to Emad’s brother Dr Samy Damian, Emad was contacted about 9:30pm by a member of the gang, who demanded 10,000 Egyptian pounds ($1,555) so that he could buy weapons. “My brother said that he had no problems with anyone, does not require services from anyone, and does not have the money.”

A couple of days later the gang surprised the two Copts by going to their home in the morning and showering them with bullets, leaving both dead.

Meanwhile, the security situation remains tense in the village of Delga, Deir Mawas, 250km south of Cairo in Minya, where Muslim Brotherhood gangs completely control the village. They target the 20,000 Coptic inhabitants by imposing Jizya on them, allegedly to “safeguard” them from acts of violence and vandalism to their homes and shops. The tribute and methods of payment vary from one place to another within the village. The amount varies from 200-500 Egyptian pounds ($30-$80) daily.

Source: Assyrian International News Agency

  • Pray authorities in Egypt will do all things possible to bring peace, order and justice to Coptic communities.
  • Pray the Lord will protect His children throughout the nation. Pray for those who are grieving, injured and fearful.
  • Pray the Lord will build His church during this time of unrest.