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Hundreds of Copts in flight from Sinai peninsula after murders, threats

February 27, 2017

Hundreds of Coptic Christians have fled from their homes in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula after a series of targeted murders by Islamic extremists, the AsiaNews service reports.

Seven Christians have been killed in the region in the past ten days, following a public threat by a group with ties to the Islamic State. Some Christians’ homes have been torched; others have received death threats.

Refugees from the Sinai peninsula are seeking shelter in Cairo and Suez, while survivors are relating stories about the murders they witnessed.


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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 27, 2017 6:35 PM ET USA

    Two Egyptian professor colleagues of mine saw the handwriting on the wall a few years ago and got their families out while the gettin' was good. One is a Coptic Christian, but I am not sure of the religious affiliation of the other.