(JNS.org) The ongoing persecution
of Egypt’s Coptic Christians—including the unprecedented attack on St. Mark’s
Cathedral, among other incidents—is highlighted in the latest monthly report by
the Gatestone Institute on the global persecution of Christians.
The St. Mark’s Coptic Christian cathedral in Cairo, Egypt, which was attacked in April. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
According to the report, April was “one of the worst months for Christian
Copts.” On April 5, six Christians were killed near Cairo after a dispute
between local Muslims and Christians escalated. Afterwards, what the report
called a “collective punishment” spree against Christians resulted in “the
injury of at least 20 other Copts, an Evangelical church being set on fire, and
an attack on a Coptic church.”
“Two days later,
St. Mark’s—Coptic Christianity’s holiest site—came under assault by Muslim
protestors and even state security forces, resulting in the deaths of two more
Coptic Christians,” Raymond Ibrahim wrote for Gatestone.
report documents further attacks again Coptic Christians in April, including the
attack on Amir Ayad, who was nearly beaten to death during a protest against
the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as the abduction of several Christian children
who were held for ransom. Six-year-old Cyril Yusuf Sa’ad was killed despite his
family paying a ransom of 30,000 Egyptian pounds.
Gatestone also reported that there were several
noteworthy verbal and physical attacks against Christian churches worldwide in
April, including in the Central African Republic, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia,
Sudan and Turkey. Notably, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, the top Islamic
official in the country, declared that it is “necessary to destroy all churches
in the region.” Meanwhile, in Turkey, officials there declared that a 13th-century
church, the Hagia Sophia of Tabizon, would become a mosque again after spending
decades as a museum.