The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Christian Today
Egypt has an estimated population of nine million Christians.Reuters
The family of an Egyptian Coptic Christian soldier who died last month on his first day at work says he was murdered because of his Christian faith.
The soldier died in the same regiment where another Copt died in mysterious circumstances in November 2015, according to World Watch Monitor (WWM).
WWM reported that, having just completed his army training, 22-year-old Joseph Helmy reported for duty at Al-Salaam Special Forces unit, on the Cairo-Ismailia desert road, at 2pm on 19 July. Six hours later, he was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Army officials claimed that he died after suffering an epileptic fit, during which he hit himself repeatedly, but his family says he had no history of seizures and that his whole body was covered in bruises. A hospital report said the injuries he sustained suggested a ‘criminal’ assault.
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