The murder of another Coptic Christian in Egypt, this time in the centre of the capital, makes this the fifth death over a 13 day period, World Watch Monitor reports.

Ishak Ibrahim Fayez Younan, 37, was found dead by his brother on 16th January, at Ishak's flat in the old part of Cairo. He leaves a wife and two children, 10 and 12.

His death, reported to be by his throat being cut, bears similarities with the deaths of other Coptic Christians over a two-week period. Each had their throat cut, while money and other valuables were left behind – even though police had said robbery was the motive behind at least one of the murders. 

Mr Younan was murdered in the flat he rented while he worked in a factory supplying soft drinks to supermarkets. His wife and two children were at the family home in El-Sheikh Zaied, a village in Upper Egypt. 

His brother, Magdy Younan, told World Watch Monitor that Ishak had just returned to Cairo to work after a week’s holiday to celebrate the traditional Coptic Christmas – 7th January – and a family wedding. “It was his first visit to the family in two months,” Magdy added.

The murder follows that of Coptic surgeon and father-of-two Bassam Safwat Atta, 35, who was found dead in his flat on 13th January in Dairut City. World Watch Monitor reported that a neighbour who forced entry to the home after a request from Dr Atta's wife said he had found him with a single gash in his neck lying face down, drenched in blood, with no sign of a struggle.

Meanwhile, on 6th January Coptic couple, Gamal Sami, 60 and his wife, Nadia, 48, were found in bed, their throats having been cut. On 3rd January Youssef Lamei was murdered in Alexandria by an alleged “professional” killer after being threatened by Salafist Muslims.