Skip to main content

Coptic Christians Killed in Egypt

Paul Marshall

With Internet access now restored, the Assyrian news service has been able to report that an attack on Christians took place in Egypt at about 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 30, in the village of Sharona near Maghagha, which is in Minya Province. Two Coptic families were attacked in their homes and eleven people, including children, were killed. Four others survived, despite having been shot.

The report states that the families knew their attackers, Islamist militants divided into two groups who accessed the Coptic homes through the roofs of their neighbors’ houses. The survivors say the masked attackers of the first home were led by Ibrahim Hamdy Ibrahim. They killed Joseph Waheeb Massoud, his wife Samah, their 15-year-old daughter Christine, and their eight-year-old son Fady Youssef.

The other masked group was led by Yasser Essam Khaled. They killed Saleeb Ayad Mayez, his wife Zakia, their four-year-old son Joseph and three-year-old daughter Justina, his 23-year-old sister Amgad, their mother Zakia, and Saniora Fahim.

Though there has been violence and looting enough throughout Egypt in recent days, these attacks do not appear to have been simple robberies. All indications are that these were deliberate attacks on Christians

Related Articles

Bush, Obama & Trump: The Evolution of the United States’ Counter-Terrorism Policy Post 9/11

Douglas J. Feith

On September 12th, Douglas Feith participated in an event held by the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center's International Institute for Counter-Terroris...

Watch Now

An Integrated Approach to the Himalayas

Husain Haqqani et al.

Report of the Working Group on the Himalayan Region...

View PDF

Want to Build a Real Community? First, Know Your Enemies

Douglas J. Feith & Irina Nevzlin

In America and Israel, it’s vital we know who’s in and who’s out...

Continue Reading