A senior Coptic bishop warned that the rising terror attacks across the world have endangered Christians in Egypt, the Middle Eastern country with the largest share of Christians. Attacks against Christians in Egypt range from humiliations to forced removals, to church burnings.
“People will continue to suffer at a greater rate,” warned Bishop Angaelos, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom. “We have already seen people humiliated, forced out of their villages, churches attacked and sometimes burned.”
Angaelos pointed to inflammatory false rumors that Christians were building new churches as one of the causes behind increasing attacks.
“At their most brutal, these recent attacks have culminated in the burning of churches and places of worship, the stripping and public parading of 70-year-old Souad Thabet, and the senseless murder of Raphael Moussa,” he noted.
Thabet was paraded naked through the streets by a mob yelling “Allahu Akbar” in Menia, Egypt in May. A number of Christian homes were also reportedly looted and destroyed that month, but no charges have been brought against the perpetrators, Christian Today reported.