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A gunman fatally shot a Christian minister on Egypt’s volatile Sinai Peninsula on 30 June. The Islamic State, in a message distributed on social media, claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Coptic Orthodox minister, the Reverend Rafael Moussa, 46, was standing outside a car repair shop near St George’s Church in El Arish, the main town in northern Sinai, when a masked gunman walked up and shot him, officials said. The assailant threatened witnesses before fleeing.

In its message, the Islamic State described Reverend Moussa as a “disbelieving combatant” but did not provide further justification for his killing, according to a translation by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist activity online.

It was the latest in a series of attacks on Coptic Christians in northern Sinai, where the Egyptian Army has been fighting an Islamist group that pledges allegiance to the Islamic State.

Church officials said eight members of their church have died in targeted attacks since 2013. The violence has caused some Christians to leave the area for Cairo and other cities.

Source: The New York Times

 Prayer Points

  • Pray for the church members and family of Reverend Moussa as they come to terms with this sudden loss. Pray they will look to the Lord for comfort and strength.
  • Pray for the protection of church leaders across the nation of Egypt; ask the Lord to grant favour to the army as they try to bring an end to the violence in the north.
  • Pray the church in Egypt may be unified in their love for the Lord and their desire for others to be brought into relationship with Him.

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