Islamic State extremists threaten to eliminate Egypt's Christians
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 22, 2017,
Feb 22, 2017, 12:57
Orthodox Copts make up about 10 per cent of Egypt's 90 million people and are the Middle East's largest Christian community.
In a 20-minute clip, Isis rails against Egypt's nine million Christians, singling out figures like the Coptic Pope and wealthy Christian businessmen as targets.
Besides causing havoc in the Sinai region, the Islamic State's Egyptian branch has claimed responsibility for dozens of attack, primarily targeting the country's security forces and military across the country.
'Finally, to my brothers in captivity: rejoice, you believers, do not falter or grieve.
The Islamic State group has threatened Coptic Christians, the Muslim Brotherhood, Salafists, and al-Azhar clerics in wide-ranging video promising more attacks in Egypt similar to a church bombing in December. He said that Cairo will soon be liberated as militants will be coming with explosives.
IS named the Coptic Cathedral attacker as Abu Abdullah el-Masry, an Egyptian citizen from the mainland, as opposed to the Sinai Peninsula where the group has its main base. He was allegedly arrested for two months in 2014 before joining IS and holds his assumed name Al-Masry.
"God gave orders to kill every infidel", adds one of the jihadists while carrying an AK-47 assault rifle.
El-Sisi overthrew President Mohamed Morsi in a 2013 coup and has since outlawed the Brotherhood in a crackdown that has claimed the lives of hundreds of Islamists.
The narrator goes on to say that Christians were no longer "Dhimmis" - a term used in Islam in reference to non-Muslims who enjoy a degree of state protection. Instead, Christians are "infidels" helping the West wage battle on Muslim nations.
"Oh worshippers of the cross, the soldiers of the state are watching you", says another masked militant - identified as Abu Zubair al-Masri.
Although Egypt's Christian minority community has always been a favorite target of Islamic terrorist groups, overall attacks against their group have escalated in recent years.
The church attack in December has reportedly been ISIS' deadliest attack in the country outside of Sinai. The killers are suspected to have been ISIS militants, and the attack was the second killing of a Christian in the area in less than a week.