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A pro-Islamic State (ISIS) group media outlet has issued a new threat against Egypt’s Coptic Christians, saying they must be attacked as “infidel fighters” and their churches must be blown up.

Twenty-eight Copts were killed in an attack for which ISIS claimed responsibility in which gunmen opened fire on pilgrims travelling to a monastery for Ascension Day.

The message, issued by the Wafa Media Foundation, said Copts did not accept dhimmitude – the condition of submission imposed by Sharia (Islamic law) on Christians in Islamic societies. Instead they should be fought because they continue to build churches and even promote television networks to spread the Christian message, Wafa said.

ISIS’s Egypt affiliate has claimed responsibility for massacres in churches on Palm Sunday and last December, and for an attack on a coach-load of Christian pilgrims in May. In February it issued a video in which it described Copts as its “favourite prey”.

Sources: World Watch Monitor, Fides news service

  • Ask the Lord for His intervention and his merciful protection for Coptic believers. Ask Him to comfort the grieving, injured and those who are fearful.
  • Pray the authorities in Egypt including the police and military will be granted wisdom, direction and strength by the Lord to safeguard against violence and bring perpetrators to justice.
  • Pray against these latest threats so they will come to nothing. Remembering, we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12).