Hundreds of members of Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority have fled the Sinai Peninsula to Ismailia city, 115km northeast of the capital Cairo, following a series of killings by a local armed group.
At least 100 families have reached the Ismailia governorate, according to an official of the Coptic Orthodox Church as reported by Al Jazeera.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday ordered the government to take all necessary measures to help resettle Christians who have fled Egypt’s Northern Sinai, according to Reuters.
“They’re thirsty for the blood of any Christian,” said Wafaa Fawzy, the sister-in-law of Saad Hana, the man who was killed along with his son, said to ABC. “They were pretty clear when they said they won’t leave any Christian in peace. They want an Islamic state.”