“We are watching Egypt closely to see if these are harbingers of a more difficult future for Egyptian Christians. »
"Harbingers of a more difficult future for Egyptian Christians"? This is the question posed by Jeff King, president of International Christian Concern by revealing the death of a young Coptic Christian in Egypt.
Rani Raafat, a young Coptic Christian, was shot dead in Dabaa, in the governorate of Matrouh, while he was at work.
Raafat Nour, the victim's father, found him in a pool of blood.
“I was at home in Dabaa, my son received a phone call to open the store to receive goods for agricultural supplies in a project he is working on in the afternoon. Later, I received a phone call announcing the death of my son. When I went to the store, I found him dead and lying on the ground, submerged in his own blood. »
He claims that his son had already been the victim of an attack in December 2021. "I only want to apprehend the perpetrators and hold them accountable, and to assert my son's right through justice", adds - he.
Another victim, Sherif Rashad, suffered gunshot wounds and was transferred to a hospital in Alexandria for treatment. The attackers burned Raafat's car before fleeing.
Jeff King and International Christian Concern say they are "concerned to have witnessed a second major incident in just a few weeks".
“We are watching Egypt closely to see if these are harbingers of a more difficult future for Egyptian Christians. Our prayers are with the victim's family and we urge the authorities to conduct a transparent investigation that affirms due process. »
Last April, a Coptic priest was stabbed in the street, in Alexandria. He died while being taken to hospital.
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