According to latest reports, the number of Christian families who have been driven from the city of al-Arish in North Sinai has swollen to 259, as Islamic State militants continue their violent conquest of the region.
Fleeing Coptic Christians have been scattered among 13 different provinces, according to the Department for Social Solidarity of the governorate in the Sinai Peninsula.
The exodus began as a reaction to a spate of violent attacks on Christians in recent weeks, including the brutal shooting, burning and beheading of seven people in the region and the torching of a number of houses.
In an interview with Vatican Radio Monday, Father Samir Khalil Samir, professor of Islamic studies at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, said that “the jihadists want to clean out the entire Sinai Peninsula to make a new land of conquest. Since losing ground in Syria and Iraq, then seek refuge in ...