Millions of Coptic Christians across Egypt celebrated Christmas this past weekend, but many spent the holiday concerned for their lives amidst rising attacks.
On January 2, an Islamic radical killed a Christian shopkeeper outside of his own store in Alexandria. The shocking murder came less than a month after one of the deadliest attacks against Christians in Egypt, during which more than two dozen Christians were killed in the bombing of a prominent Cathedral in Cairo.
William Stark with International Christian Concern says Christians in Egypt feel very insecure.
"Last month you had the bombing of St. Mark's Cathedral, which is literally the seat of the Coptic Church in Egypt," he begins. "And then less than a month later you have a guy in open daylight, in a very busy tourist area, walk up behind a Christian [and] scream 'Allahu Akbar' and cut a man's throat."
Stark tells OneNewsNow that arrests have been made in both incidents but now the perpetrators must be brought to justice. "The rule of law has to reign for all people in Egypt regardless of their religious identity," he shares, "and I think that will go a long way to helping Christians feel more secure."
Christians cannot continue to live in fear in their own countries, he adds.