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A Benghazi beach
Photo: Wikimedia Commons / Dennixo

Seven Egyptian Christians were brutally murdered on February 24th on a beach near the Libyan city of Benghazi. The victims -- who ranged in age from 17 to 25, and worked in the area -- were apprehended by a group of armed men who searched their apartment building door-to-door for Christians. Although several other believers managed to escape the assailants, the seven young men were forced to the beach where they were shot in the head execution-style.

According to reports, a militia group has offered rewards to Benghazi residents who are willing to help them round up other Christians. The killings have sparked great fear among expatriate believers working in the area, and many are now seeking a safe way to leave the country.

Pray that the families of the murdered young men will know the peace, presence and comfort of our Saviour, Jesus. Ask the Lord to send His Spirit to guide other expatriate Christians who are presently in the country, and especially those residing in the Benghazi area. Bring the assailants of this violent crime to our Father, asking that they will be convicted of their sins and seek forgiveness through Jesus' atoning blood.

Country Information

Population
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)

Leader
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

Pray for Libya

Pray that converts to Christianity will stand firm, despite the threats of suffering and death.

Pray that strong and effective Christian resources, including Bibles and other literature, will be available in Libya.

Pray that Libyan Christians will have a strong desire to lead others to faith in the Lord.

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