Three Egyptian Cousins Go to Libya; None Comes Back Alive

Once viewed as a center of opportunity, Benghazi now seen as danger zone.

Benghazi, Libya, where Islamic extremists killed three Christians. (Wikimedia, Dennixo)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – The youngest cousin was carried back home in an ambulance, half dead with a bullet lodged in his skull. The next came back to the village just a month after he left, to be buried in a Coptic cemetery. Another cousin disappeared in 2012; he is thought to have been […]

Egyptian Christian Succumbs to Head Injury after Attack by Suspected Extremists in Libya

Young immigrant worker latest casualty of anti-Copt hostility in Libya.

Parts of Libya have become lawless since the 2011 uprising. (Wikipedia photo by Bernd Brincken)

ISTANBUL, Turkey  (Morning Star News) – An Egyptian Christian shot in the head by a suspected Islamic extremist in Libya on March 2 has succumbed to his injuries, family members said. Salama Fawzy Tobia died very early in the morning on Saturday (March 15) in El Raey El Saleh Hospital in Samalut, Minya Province with […]

Egyptian Christian Shot in Libya Near Death

Second attack by suspected Islamic extremists in one week leaves Copt unconscious.

Medical record stating Salama Fawzy Tobia’s wounds and unconscious condition. (Morning Star News)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – The family of an Egyptian Christian shot in Libya on March 2 says he remains close to death in a hospital in Egypt. The shooting of Salama Fawzy Tobia, 23, in Benghazi, Libya came a week after suspected Islamic extremists killed seven other Egyptian Christians in the Libyan capital. Tobia […]

Syria’s Christians Face New Threat – ‘Convert, Submit to Islam or Face Sword’

Followers in Raqqa face threat familiar to Christians in the Muslim world.

Easter at a Damascus church. (Aid to the Church in Need)

(From – “Convert. Submit to Islam. Or face the sword.” In recent days, the besieged Christian community in Raqqa, a city in northern Syria, has faced those three stark alternatives. The terrorist group known as ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) made their demands after seizing control of the region. They required […]

Islamist Militia Group in Libya Suspected in Killing of Seven Coptic Christians

Ansar al-Sharia militants behind prior anti-Christian attacks.

Suspected Islamist militants took victims from their Benghazi apartment building. (Wikimedia, Dennixo)

CAIRO, Egypt (Morning Star News) – An Islamist militia behind prior attacks in Libya is thought to be responsible for the execution-style shootings of seven Egyptian Christians found yesterday east of Benghazi. The militia, Ansar al-Sharia, has offered a reward to Benghazi residents who help them round up the rest of the Libyan capital’s Christians, according […]

Morning Star News’ Top 10 Persecution Stories of 2013

In Nigeria, terrorists weren’t the only ones terrorizing Christians.

Lyop Dangyel suffered three gunshot wounds and lost two of her three daughters in attack in Torok, Plateau state. (Morning Star News)

(Morning Star News) – Last year Egypt saw its greatest level of attacks on Christians; more Christians were killed in Syria’s civil war than anywhere else; and an Islamist rebel take-over in the Central African Republic brought new atrocities to the historically unstable country. But where political instability and civil war were not contributing factors, […]

Two Egyptian Christians Slain in Libya

Orthodox Copts refused Muslims’ demand to convert to Islam, relatives say.

Waleed Saad Shaker, 25, one of two Coptic Christians killed by Muslims in Libya. (Morning Star News)

CAIRO, Egypt (Morning Star News) – A group of Muslims robbed two Egyptian Christians living in Libya, then tied up and shot them to death after the two Copts refused their demand to convert to Islam, relatives said. On a rural road in Derna District in northeastern Libya on Wednesday (Sept. 25), a group of Muslims […]

Torture Likely Led to Death of Egyptian Christian in Libya, Sources Say

Beatings, electrical shock exacerbated serious heart condition.

Ezzat Hakim Atallah's widow, Ragaa Abdallah (with ponytail), collapses with grief upon arrival to airport in Cairo. (Morning Star News photo)

CAIRO, Egypt (Morning Star News) – Repeated electrical shock torture of an Egyptian Christian accused of “proselytizing” in Libya likely exacerbated his heart ailment, leading to his death in custody, according to sources close to the deceased.   Ezzat Hakim Atallah died on Sunday (March 10) in a Tripoli jail while in the custody of an […]

More Arrests in Libya after Detention of Foreign Christians

Egyptian accused of distributing Christian books allegedly tortured.

Courthouse square in Benghazi, April 2011; since the fall of the Muammar Gaddafi regime, penalties for proselytism are unclear. (Wikipedia photo by Bernd Brincken)

CAIRO, Egypt (Morning Star News) – Arrests continue of Christians accused of proselytizing in Libya, with a total of seven now known to be in custody including one reported to have been tortured, sources said.   Four expatriate Christians in the eastern coastal town of Benghazi were arrested on Feb. 10, accused of proselytizing. Libya’s Preventative […]