(Screenshot: YouTube/WION)Coptic Christians mourning the seven believers killed throughout a funeral in Egypt on November 3, 2018.

Victims of final week’s assault on Coptic Christians have detailed the horrifying moments when gunmen murdered seven and injured a minimum of 20 others after they left worship at a monastery in Egypt.

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“We visited the monastery and spent an exquisite time however on our method again we had been attacked by two automobiles who fired on us,” 7-year-old Mina Basem instructed the Saudi-based Arab Information. “I do not keep in mind something after that.”

Basem’s mom, Reham Milad Yusuf, was killed within the assault on buses departing from a desert Monastery close to Minya final Friday. The Islamic State has claimed accountability.

Basem’s brother additionally suffered accidents. However he was in a position to escape the trail of the bullets by hiding beneath his seat, one in all his kinfolk instructed Arab Information.

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Together with Yusuf, these killed by the gunmen had been six members of the Shehata household.

Safwat Shehata, who was not current when the assault occurred, instructed the unbiased Egyptian on-line newspaper Mada Masr that his cousins who had been killed within the assault ranged in age from 12 to 55 years outdated.

“Three males and their youngsters had been killed,” Shehata stated. “Solely my feminine cousins and two youngsters survived. 4 households have been utterly destroyed. Snatched away by dying.”

Shehata stated that his surviving cousins defined to him that the attackers instructed them: ‘We’ll kill the lads and youngsters and go away you to dwell the remainder of your lives in distress.'”

“The microbus driver tried to flee, however the bus was surrounded by the attackers,” Shehata detailed. “They killed the motive force first, taking pictures him within the head. Then they stopped the bus utterly and nobody may get away.”

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Shehata stated that his two feminine cousins and the 2 youngsters had been injured. Each youngsters had been shot and one is affected by inner bleeding, Shehata detailed.

“We don’t worry dying,” Shehata was quoted as asserting. “Folks needs to be protected. There needs to be entry to communication networks on that street. … Our individuals tried to hunt assist and attain out to somebody, however they’d no cell service.”

Final Friday’s assault adopted the same assault that occurred on a bus close to the identical monastery final yr that killed 29. That assault was additionally claimed by the Islamic State, which has an affiliate group positioned in Egypt’s Sinai area.

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The Egyptian inside ministry introduced this week that safety forces had engaged in a firefight with 19 militants affiliated with the group that carried out final Friday’s assault, killing all of them. The authorities did not say when the firefight with the militants came about.

Funerals had been held on Friday and Saturday of final week for the deceased. On Saturday, the funerals for the six Shehata members of the family had been held on the  Prince Tadros church in Minya. 

As Mada Masr notes, the Maghagha and Adwa Archdiocese demanded final yr that the federal government implement measures to make the desert street to the St. Samuel Coptic Orthodox Monastery safer following the Could 2017 bus assault.


‘With Our Souls, Our Blood, We Will Defend the Cross’: Coptic Christians Cry Out at Funerals