The Christian community in Egypt continues to be targeted with killings and kidnappings as the country is afflicted by Islamist violence and instability.
The removal of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in July and passage of a new constitution last month have given Christians hope of better times ahead in Egypt, but at present, they remain vulnerable to acts of targeted violence.
Arabic media last week reported the murder of a Syrian Christian family who had been living in Alexandria. A 44-year-old man, his 35-year-old wife, their six-year-old son and the wife’s brother were stabbed to death at their home on 17 February. The attackers set the house on fire.
In a separate incident, a 30-year-old Christian woman, Madline Wagih Demian, was killed in an attack on a Christian community in Kom Ombo, Upper Egypt, on 8 February.
A knife-wielding Muslim man went on a rampage, targeting two Christian-owned pharmacies. In the first one, he threatened to kill the assistant, who managed to defend himself. The attacker left and moved on to another pharmacy, where he stabbed Madline in the neck; she died at the scene.