Christians Under Siege in Islamic Stronghold

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BETHLEHEM - Many people in the free world see Gaza as a breeding ground for Islamic terror. What is less known is that more than 2,000 Christians live under siege in this Islamic stronghold. 

After the killing of Christian worker Rami Ayyad in October 2007, a number of Christians have fled from Gaza to Bethlehem and the West Bank. Some Christians say there is a campaign in Gaza to purge Muslim lands of all infidels.

"Rami used to help Christians," a Gazan Christian said. "He used to help people, especially the needy. We got afraid after his killing. Most of them were Baptists, they use to spread the Gospel but now they don't exist any more."

Bishop Alexious of Gaza for the Roman Orthodox Church made it very clear that preaching to Muslims is a recipe for death. He said there is a less dangerous way.

"If someone is looking for different path, it could be through television and Internet," he said.

Several of the Gaza Christians CBN News spoke to detailed the atrocities of Hamas against them.

"I wear hijjab because ladies with no head cover can be subject to an attack with 'water fire' - acid," one Christian woman toldus. "They are calling us infidels for not having our heads covered."

One family experienced an armed robbery.

"I saw four masked gunmen breaking into our house, my brother asked them what do you need? They shot him with three bullets," a little girl said. " He was wounded and one bullet hit me in my leg. Our neighbor took us to the hospital."

The attackers planned to burn the Christian family alive with gasoline.

Gaza Christians make a significant contribution to society, like providing better education for some Muslims. Despite this, they experience persecution in a number of ways. It is a difficult, nearly intolerable life. 

"All that we need is a decent and stable life," a Christian man said. "We need peace and freedom."

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In a time where the world's attention is riveted on events in the Middle East, CBN viewers have come to appreciate Chris Mitchell's timely reports from this explosive region of the world. Mitchell brings a Biblical and prophetic perspective to these daily news events that shape our world.