Relatives of the Coptic Christians beheaded by jihadists in Libya are facing new extremist-Muslim violence as they seek to build a church to honour their murdered loved ones.
An angry mob in the Upper Egyptian village of al Our- the proposed site of the church because it was home to 13 of the 21 Christians murdered in the mass ‘beachfront’ decapitation – descended on the community’s current church after the midday Islamic prayer on Friday and chanted that they’d never allow construction of the new place of worship to begin, witnesses told Egyptian activists in the US.
Things turned far uglier after nightfall, the witnesses said, as a smaller number of individuals threw Molotov cocktails and stones at the church, injuring several people and setting cars ablaze, including one that belonged to a relative of one of the victims of the Libyan massacre.
‘The police came, but after the attack,’ said Mina Abdelmalak, a Coptic Christian living in Washington who is in close contact with the witnesses to the events in al Our. ‘There were already cars on fire. People had been bloodied. Stones and bricks had been thrown.’
Some protesters also appeared at the family home of massacre victim Samuel Alham Wilson but, in a gesture that provided some hope, were chased off by Muslim neighbours when the protestors started throwing stones.
Sources: International Christian Concern, Fox News
- Pray for the safety of Copts in Egypt who are the native Christians of the country, accounting for about 10% of the country’s 88 million people.
- Pray that the attacks against the families of the 21 Coptic Christians will cease so they can mourn their lost loved ones in peace.
- Ask the Lord to pour out His Spirit on this nation so many Muslims will be convicted, repent and believe in the one true God.