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Egypt: Young Coptic Christian Shot 22 Times

Note that “his relatives suggested sectarian-religious motives in the incident and that the perpetrators of the attack were extremist elements.”

There are around 300,000 Greek Orthodox Christians in Egypt; like our Coptic Christian brothers and sisters, they suffer sporadic persecution, discrimination, and harassment.

For previous ChristianPersecution.com coverage of the persecution of Christians in Egypt, see here.

“Young Coptic Christian Shot 22 Times,” International Christian Concern, April 29, 2022:

04/29/2022 Egypt (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that four unidentified masked men shot down a young Coptic man in the Egyptian city of Dabaa, Matrouh Governorate. The victim, Rani Raafat, was killed instantly from multiple gunshot wounds while at work this week. The assailants then burned Raafat’s car and fled.

Egyptian media also reported that a second person, Sherif Rashad, sustained a gunshot wound and was transferred to a hospital in Alexandria for treatment. Raafat Nour, the father of the victim, said, “I was at home in Dabaa, and a phone call came to my son to open the shop to receive goods for agricultural supplies in a project he works in the afternoon. I later received a phone call of the death of my son. When I went to the store, I found him dead and lying on the ground, overwhelmed in own his blood.”

Raafat worked in the veterinary medicine trade and had no known enemies. His relatives suggested sectarian-religious motives in the incident and that the perpetrators of the attack were extremist elements, according to Al Arabiya.

The father of the deceased added, “My son had a problem in December 2021, and was beaten with a shotgun. The accused [in that matter] was arrested and imprisoned. We sat with his family, and they promised us that the matter would be over, and my son was transferred from El Dabaa High School to a school in Burj Al Arab. He has now been attacked by unknown masked persons who escaped.” He added, “I only want to apprehend the perpetrators and hold them accountable, and to take the right of my son through the judiciary.”…

Earlier this week, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom recommended that Egypt be placed on the State Department’s Special Watchlist for religious freedom…

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