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Gaza Christians protest 'forcible conversions'

Christians in predominantly Muslim Gaza stage demonstration claiming two 25-year-old community members were forcibly converted to Islam

Dozens of Christians in predominantly Muslim Gaza have staged a rare protest, claiming two members of their community were forcibly converted to Islam and are being held against their will.


Gaza police say the two are staying with a Muslim religious official at their request, because they fear retribution from their families for converting.


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Christians are a minority of about 1,500 people in Gaza, a territory with 1.7 million Muslim residents. Since the Islamic militant Hamas seized power five years ago, Christians have felt increasingly embattled but have largely kept silent.


Monday's protest was a rare exception. Gaza's Archbishop Alexious said the converts – a 25-year-old man and a woman with three children – should be returned to their families.


Forcible conversions have been unheard of in Gaza before.





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