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Another intimidation killing in Sinai town

Middle East and North Africa

Another intimidation killing in Sinai town


Copts protest against attacks. Photo credit: Catholic News International

A solider guarding a church in El-Arish was shot dead on 31 January, in what appeared to be another attack designed to intimidate Christians in the isolated Sinai town.

The 21-year-old soldier was shot and killed by a sniper while he was on duty guarding one of the town’s churches.

A series of violent, targeted attacks on Copts by Islamic State militants in February 2017 saw the town’s entire population of Christians flee en-masse.

Although some families have subsequently returned to El-Arish, several Christians have been murdered; earlier this month, a 27-year-old Copt was shot dead in the street in El-Arish by masked men, after they recognised him as a Christian.