SPECIAL BRIEFING: Killings in Arish: Rising Sectarianism in Sinai

Source: The Tahrir Institute For Middle East Policy
Author(s): Unknown

Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/special-briefing-killings-in-arish-rising-sectarianism-in-sinai/


In the last four weeks, seven Christians have been killed in the city of Arish in North Sinai, changing the nature of violence in Sinai that has recently found a home in and around Arish, North Sinai’s capital city. The crimes have involved the kidnapping, execution, and the burning alive of local Christians in Arish, and the displacement of up to several hundred who have fled to Ismailia, a city along the Suez Canal, and other places in Egypt. The Islamic State in Sinai, commonly known as Wilayat Sinai, claimed responsibilityfor the deaths of these seven Christians. Wilayat Sinai (formerly known as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis) had previously focused its attention primarily on Egypt’s security forces and, more recently, civilians accused of collaboration with security. The recent, brazen sectarian attacks are a disturbing development…

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