TRIPOLI, Lebanon: The epidemic of graffiti threats against Christians hit the Tripoli neighborhood of Minieh Thursday.
A message painted on the wall of Mar Elias Church read “the Islamic State will break the cross.”
The graffiti in black spray paint was in Arabic.
On Tuesday, a similar message was painted on the wall of March Elias Church in the Tripoli neighborhood of Mina.
“We came to slaughter you, you worshipers of the cross," the graffiti read.
Tensions have risen in Tripoli since last week, with several incidents of intimidation against the city's Christian community.
Crosses were allegedly burned over the weekend and several churches were defaced with threatening messages, thought to be in retaliation for the burning of Islamist flags by several youths in Beirut's Sassine Square.
The incidents have been widely condemned by officials, with Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi promising a full investigation into any attempts to incite sectarian strife, and the Lebanese Army enhancing security arrangements in the city.
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