In a span of two weeks, five Coptic Christians in Egypt met exactly the same horrible fate: brutally murdered with their throats slashed.
The killing spree started on Jan. 3 when a Coptic Christian store
owner in Alexandria had his throat slashed twice from behind by a Muslim
man who later confessed to killing the Christian for selling liquor in
his store, the World Watch Monitor (WWM) said in a report.
Jan. 6, the Coptic Christmas holiday, two more Christians—a 60-year-old
man and his 48-year-old wife—were found dead in their beds in northern
Egypt. Again, their throats were found slit.
The authorities claimed robbery was the motive—despite their findings
that no valuables were taken from the Christian couple's home.
In its report, WWM noted that the police in Egypt "are keen not to label the incidents as sectarian."
"Copts have been terrified by the nature of the killings
and believe the victims were singled out because of their faith," the
Christian persecution watchdog body said.
On Jan. 13, a fourth Coptic Christian—a 35-year-old surgeon—was found
dead, again with his throat slit in his residence in Upper Egypt. Just
like in the previous similar killings, no valuables were taken away from
The latest Coptic Christian killing occurred on Jan. 16 when a
37-year-old married father of two was found in his Cairo residence by
his brother. Just like the four other Christian victims, his throat was
likewise slashed. And once again there was no sign of robbery.
was no sign of a struggle — everything was in its place. ... His wallet
was still in his pocket with 400 Egyptian pounds [$21] in it," the
victim's brother said.
Egypt is ranked as the 21st worst nation persecuting Christians, according to Open Doors USA's 2017 World Watch List.
Earlier this month, the Associated Press reported that Egyptian
prosecutors decided to drop the case against a Muslim mob accused of
stripping a Christian grandmother naked and parading her in the streets in Egypt.
The prosecutors said they didn't have enough evidence to convict the
accused—even though they heard testimonies supporting the victim's
claims from family members and the police officers who were present at
the scene of the alleged crime.
The incident happened in May 2016 when a group of about 300 Muslims
stripped naked 70-year-old Souad Thabet and paraded her through the
streets of her village in Minya province.
Egypt has an estimated population of nine million Christians, mostly
Orthodox Copts, accounting for about 10 percent of Egypt's population,
which is overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim.