A Christian father and son were killed by Islamic State (IS) terrorists in the village of Jilbana, in Ismailia governorate, Egypt, on 30 August.
Salama Waheeb Moussa and his son Hani were shot dead by IS operatives, seemingly at random, while working on their family farm.
Their bodies were discovered by police after their family lost contact with them. Hani leaves behind a wife and two young daughters.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) sources report that IS has increased its operations in the neighbouring governorate of Northern Sinai in recent weeks, as the Egyptian army has sought to restrain its influence. Many IS operatives have reportedly moved from the Sinai into cities on the west side of the Suez Canal to escape the military offensive.
In mid-August, a group of IS operatives entered Jilbana, and have been fighting police and military in the region since that time.
According to a Facebook post by Coptic journalist Nader Shukri, the Egyptian army recently killed a large number of terrorists, with the help of tribes from the region.
Islamist militias have been active in the Sinai since 2011. Terrorist attacks have been primarily concentrated in the region since then, and in 2014 the group known as Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis pledged allegiance to IS.
Pray for comfort and provision for Hani’s wife and daughters as they grieve his loss.
Pray that Egyptian believers will be able to forgive and bless their persecutors.
Pray for peace over the regions affected by conflict between the Egyptian army and terrorist groups.