With only days to go before Coptic Christians prepare to celebrate Christmas, another attack has left two Christians dead.
The victims – two brothers – were shot dead on New Year’s Day as they assisted a Coptic Christian stock his shop in Giza, Greater Cairo. They died after a gunman pulled up on a motorbike outside the shop and shot them with a rifle. The brothers owned a car-parts shop next door, and had been helping the shop-owner stock alcohol.
This assault came only three days after gunmen attacked Christians leaving a church in Cairo. In that attack, eight people died when two assailants gunned them down as they left Mar Mina church in Helwan.
Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas on 7 January, and security forces are bracing themselves for more attacks.
But a member of Mar Mina, Bishoy Hosny, is defiant. “This incident will not affect [Coptic] Christmas and Christians will go to their churches without fear,” he said. “We will celebrate Christmas because a real Christian doesn’t fear anything. Tightening security doesn’t prevent incidents. We know we are still targeted but we insist on going to our churches and celebrating our feasts. This is what must be done to confront terrorist threats.”
- For the grieving family and friends of these latest victims
- For protection for Christians in Egypt as they celebrate Christmas.