After the foiled suicide attack on the ancient temples of Karnak in Luxor, Egypt—a tourist designation—the Islamic State promised a “fiery summer” to the Christian Copts and Sisi government. The jihadi group vowed to unleash a number of suicide bombers—or “martyrs”—each to target the groups IS deem its enemies.
The principal of a preschool and primary school in Sohag, Egypt, has been openly refusing the registration of Christian students, simply on the basis of their religion.
When Copts and others protested—the current law of Egypt is on their side—the openly principal declared that “As long as I am present in the school, no Christian pupils will be accepted in this school.”
The full scale of Isis's year of terror has been detailed in a new report that claims the jihadist group has executed more than 3,000 people in the past 12 months - a tally which includes 74 children.
According to a report by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights produced to mark the first anniversary of the establishment of the group's "caliphate", Isis has carried out 3,027 execution killings in a year.
The White House on Monday condemned a car bomb attack in Cairo that killed Egypt's top public prosecutor and injured nine people in his convoy.
Egypt’s chief prosecutor, who had handed down death sentences to hundreds of supporters of Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, was killed in a car bomb attack in Cairo on June 29.
Officials said Hisham Barakat, 64, died of injuries sustained when a parked car was remotely detonated as the prosecutor’s motorcade left his home.
A Christian man and his son were shot dead in Egypt when he refused to pay extortion money demanded by a Muslim racketeer, who has been kidnapping Christians for ransom.
The offender went to the home of Moawad Assad, a building contractor, in Nag Hammadi on 26 January to collect the money that he had demanded three days earlier. The Christian refused to go to his car for fear of being kidnapped. Four men armed with machine guns then got out of the vehicle and opened fire on Moawad and his 26-year-old son Assad Moawad, an engineer. They were both killed instantly.
The racketeer and his gang have been extorting money from Christians and kidnapping their children for ransom for some months; eleven Christians were seized between 11 August and 24 December 2011 in Nag Hammadi and neighbouring Farshoot and Bahgoura.
A senior Christian leader in Nag Hammadi said all the incidents had been reported to the police. He questioned why the ringleader, who is well known to the police, has not been arrested and called on the authorities to protect Christians in the Nag Hammadi area, “who are continuously being subjected to terror and kidnapping”.
Elsewhere in Egypt, a mob of Muslims attacked Christians and their property in the village of Kobry-el-Sharbat in Alexandria on 28 January. Two Christians and one Muslim were injured in the violence; homes and shops were looted before being set ablaze.
Muslims descended on the village after a rumour spread that a Christian man had taken photos of Muslim women. A Christian activist said that the allegation was made by a Muslim man when the Christian man refused to pay extortion money that the former had demanded from him.
The Christian’s home was looted and torched, and the homes of a further 11 Christian families attacked.
Eyewitnesses said that the perpetrators were Salafists and some were from the Muslim Brotherhood.
Reconciliation meetings were held in the village in which the aggressors demanded the forced displacement of Christian residents and refused to approve any compensation for the victims.
No arrests were made in connection with the attack.
Coptic Solidarity 2015 Conference
The Annual Conference was held in Washington, D.C. on June 11-13, 2015.