An Egyptian Christian father and son have been shot dead by Islamist terrorists in the Sinai peninsula.

The shooting happened outside the village of Gelbana, near the town of al-Qantara Sharq in mid-west Sinai, on 30 August.

Salama Moussa Waheeb and his son Hany were working in the fields belonging to their family farm when they were shot by jihadists from Islamic State (IS  ̶  also known as ISIS, ISIL, Daesh).

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Salama Moussa Waheeb and his son Hany were shot dead while working in the fields on 30 August [Image credit: Wataninet]

Salama Moussa Waheeb was father to five children, two sons and three daughters. Hany, 40, leaves behind a wife and two daughters.

IS has intensified its operations in northern Sinai in recent weeks but has been driven back by the Egyptian army. Many IS operatives left Sinai to locations west of the Suez Canal. In mid-August retreating jihadists entered the Gelbana area and have been resisting the army offensive since then. 

Islamist terrorists have been active in the Sinai since 2011, concentrating their attacks in Egypt on the region.

Pray for the family of Salama Moussa Waheeb and Hany Moussa Waheeb that they will receive the Lord’s comfort and strength as they come to terms with their loss. Pray for an end to violence towards Egyptian Christians in Sinai.

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This article originally appeared on Barnabas Fund/News