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Ezzat Hakim
Atalla Abdel-Malek
Photo: AsiaNews

We have been notified by Middle East Concern that Ezzat Hakim Atalla Abdel-Malek, one of the arrested friends of businessman/bookstore manager Sherif Ramses, passed away on March 10th. Just days prior to his passing, he was taken to hospital where he received treatment for chest pain. The extensive bruising on his body revealed the physical abuse he experienced during detainment. Unfortunately, Ezzat did not survive the injuries and, sadly, now leaves behind a grieving wife and two teenage children. Please pray that his family will experience the comforting presence of the "Prince of Peace" in their lives, and also the assurance that Ezzat is a true "hero of the faith." May the reality of his present joy and eternal reward in heaven greatly encourage and sustain them. (To review the original report on the arrest of these Christian businessmen, please click here.)

Country Information

6,754,507 (July 2018 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Berber and Arab (97), other (3) - includes Greeks, Maltese, Italians, Egyptians, Pakistanis, Turks, Indians, and Tunisians

Religion (%)
Muslim (96.6), Christian (2.7), Buddhist (0.3), Other (0.2) unafilliated (0.2)

Prime Minister Fayiz al-Saraj

Government type
In transition

Legal system
Libya's post-revolution legal system is in flux and driven by state and non-state entities

Source: CIA World Factbook

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Libya News

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    Mathew (centre), touched by the immense
    faith of the Egyptian believers, acknowledged
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    Photo: YouTube

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    Photo: Vito Manzari via Barnabas Fund

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    Video screen shot of kidnapped Christians
    before their deaths.
    Photo: AINA

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