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05/24/2019 Egypt (International Christian Concern) –  On May 7th, Beboui Kamel, an Egyptian Coptic Christian, was murdered by a work colleague after passing each other on a street in Cairo. The murderer, Hamad Abdl Latef, worked under the supervision of Beboui and has allegedly told the police that Beboui was targeted because of his Christian faith.

The incident was captured by surveillance footage from a nearby building. The two men spoke briefly while passing, but then Hamad returned with a knife and killed Beboui. It was the first time the men had meet in nearly two weeks. The police are currently conducting an investigation and a final police report is pending. Beboui, the family’s primary breadwinner, leaves behind a wife and two boys aged 15 and 9 years old.

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan began nearly two weeks ago. It is common for Christians to suffer increased violence and harassment during this time. Persecution is a constant theme of life for Egyptian Christians, as they are already viewed as second class citizens in this Islamic nation.

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