Sunday, March 29, 2009

“Forbidden” Romance Leads to Burning of Christian

Written by Rebecca Easterling
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
Rebecca Easterling

Christian Web News -
Shehata Sabri, a 25 year old Coptic Christian living in Egypt was set on fire by a Muslim man who was angry over rumors of a romance between Sabri and the man’s sister. The tragedy took place in the village of Dmas Meet-Ghamr after a rumor spread of a relationship between the 25-year-old Copt, and the sister of a Muslim man named Yasser Ahmed Qasim.According to the report, Qasim poured gasoline over Sabri and set him on fire as bystanders looked on in horror. The young Copt threw himself into a nearby canal to try to put out the flames. Sabri died from his injuries.
During the commotion, the father of the victim was attacked by a group of Muslims who stabbed him with knives and daggers; one stab penetrated his back and came out of his abdomen below the rib cage, resulting in his death.Rami Sabri Shehata, the 22-year-old brother of the burning victim, was also beaten and sustained serious injury to the head.Security forces were deployed to the village of 60,000 people, which includes more than 1,000 Coptic Christians, and the victims' house was surrounded.Several Muslims were reportedly charged with homicide, according to a translation of news accounts by Voice of the Copts

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