ISIS captures Christians fleeing homeland

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Christians who were kidnapped in Libya knew they were taking a risk trying to flee to Europe but it was worth what they were fleeing from. Or so it seemed. 

Eighty-eight Christians and Muslims were on a caravan of trucks passing through Libya to the Mediterranean Sea when ISIS terrorists stopped them. The radial Islamist group freed the Muslims and 12 Christian women were separated from the men and transported away.

Todd Nettleton of Voice of the Martyrs says the Christians could be beheaded by the Islamists. 

"The ISIS fighters identify them as 'people of the cross,' and their religious beliefs teach that such people should be killed," Nettleton tells OneNewsNow.

Coptic Christians killed (not graphic)The slaughter of Coptic Christians by ISIS earlier this year (pictured at right) drew international attention, when the Islamic group released video of the beheadings.

The men, also referred to as "people of the cross," were Egyptians who had gone to Libya to find work. 

Nettleton says Voice of the Martyrs understands why the Christians were willing to face danger in fleeing their homeland, the African country of Eritrea.

"Torture, arbitrary detention, and severe restrictions on freedom of expression, association, and religious freedom remain routine in Eritrea," Human Rights Watch reported in a 2014 report.

"Eritrea is a country where Christians face persecution as well," Nettleton advises. "Now, typically they're not facing beheading but they are facing persecution, they are facing arrest and torture and long imprisonment at the hands of an Eritrean government that doesn't like the growth of the Evangelical church either."

Nettleton urges international prayer for the Eritreans. 

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