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Editorial supervisor, Dr. Helmy Guirguis
 
Dr. Helmy Guirguis 71, the president of the UK Copts, passed away on the 31 of January, 2015 after a struggle with illness. UK Copts mourns its founder and leader. He is a leader that touched so many by his life and has been fighting for the coptic case till his last breath. The commemoration mass for his 40th day will be held on Sunday 15th of March, 2014 starting 8 AM in Saint Mary and Saint Mark Coptic Orthodox Centre of Birmingham (Lapworth) .For commiserations, please send us an email to info@copts.co.uk

Al Qaida militias seek quick cash from adbuctions of Christians in Sinai

CAIRO — Egypt faces what could be an insurgency abduction campaign in the Sinai Peninsula. Security sources said Al Qaida-aligned insurgency militias have been kidnapping Christians in central Sinai.

The sources said at least two Coptic merchants were abducted and held for ransom in separate incidents in mid-June.

“This could signal a need by the terrorists for quick cash,” a source said.

On June 14, abductors opened fire on a vehicle that contained a Coptic surgeon, identified as Wadei Ramses. Ramses was said to have been injured and abducted in El Arish. Hours later, the kidnappers demanded $1.4 million for his release.

Two days later, a Christian merchant was captured in El Arish, the capital of the North Sinai province. Gemal Shenouda, also a Copt, was whisked away near his home in daylight.

Nobody claimed responsibility for the abductions. The sources identified Ansar Beit Maqdis as the leading insurgency militia in Sinai and the African mainland.

Egypt’s 2nd and 3rd armies have been cooperating to destroy the insurgency infrastructure in northeastern Sinai. On June 17, the 2nd Army helped demolish eight tunnels that connected Sinai to the Gaza Strip while
 the 3rd Army seized three tons of drugs. Egypt has claimed to have destroyed 1,725 tunnels over the last year.
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World Tribune

 http://www.worldtribune.com/2014/06/19/al-qaida-militias-seek-quick-cash-adbuctions-christian-merchants-sinai/

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