Egypt’s President orders assistance for fleeing Sinai Christians

By Alex Williams

Egypt’s president has ordered the government to “take all necessary measures” to help resettle hundreds of Christians fleeing North Sinai after a recent spate of deadly attacks on believers.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met other political leaders and officials to discuss the situation in the province after seven Christians were killed by Islamic State in the last month.

According to his address, which was quoted by Reuters, he “directed the government to take all necessary measures to facilitate settlements for citizens in their set resettled areas.”

The exodus by Coptic Christians from North Sinai to the neighbouring province of Ismailia comes amid an insurgency being waged by IS, which shot five of the recent victims, beheaded one and set another on fire.

During a summit attended by Egypt’s prime minister and several ministers at the weekend, Sisi also discussed “the importance to resist all attempts to sabotage stability and security in Egypt.”

Coptic Christians, who comprise approximately ten per cent of Egypt’s population, have long complained of persecution against their community.

A bombing by Islamic State on a Coptic chapel next to St Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo left 28 people dead, the majority of whom were women and children.

Hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed in an insurgency which accelerated in 2013 after a military coup led by Sisi ousted President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Source: Premier Christian