Christians killed in Sinai, body burned after being shot

Killings come after Isis video threatening to attack

22 February, 19:08

    AL-ARISH (EGYPT) - Two Christians were killed in Al-Arish in the Sinai presumably by ISIS, but one whose body was found burned was not burned alive as it seemed from the first news. A public hospital source of al-Arish in fact reported that the body had a gunshot wound to the head. Therefore it is presumed that he was first killed and then burned. His name was Medhat Hana, 45 years, while the other victim is his father, 65, killed by a firearm. The son was not burned alive as reported by the media but received a bullet in the forehead before being burned," the source said. The two killings come after ISIS threatened on a video distributed between Sunday and Monday that it would attack Egyptian Christians.

    Egyptian security forces would only confirm with ANSA that the bodies of the two Coptic Christians were found Wednesday morning "behind a school in the centre of Al-Arish" and that "one was burned and the other was killed with shots from a firearm". Coptic Christians make up about 10% of the Egyptian population and are the largest Christian community in the Middle East.
    The Egyptian branch of ISIS had distributed a video that called Coptics the "favored prey" of ISIS.
    The video said last December's attack on a Cairo church that killed 27 people was "only the beginning" of the persecution of these "infidels".
    This year three Coptics have been killed with firearms in three separate attacks in Arish, in northeastern Sinai, where ISIS has been conducting a bloody guerrilla war against Egyptian armed forces for the past three years. .

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