Eritrean security forces have arrested 185 Christians in a raid on a prayer meeting in a suburb to the north of the capital, Asmara.
Release partners report that Eritrean church leaders are fearful that this mass arrest in Maitemenai may herald a wave of further arrests.
They also say that the Christians had apparently gathered to pray about the worsening exodus of Eritreans from the country. The majority of those arrested are women.
The whereabouts of the detainees has not been officially confirmed but their relatives believe at least some are being held at a police station in Edaga Hamus, in an adjoining district.
(Source: Release partner)
- Pray for the swift release of these 185 Christians. Pray too for the release of the estimated 1,500 other Christians detained in Eritrean jails due to their faith.
- Pray that President Isaias Afewerki’s Government will bow to pressure for policy reform. Pray specifically for reform of its repressive religious policies – which currently ban all churches except those that are Orthodox, Catholic or Lutheran.
Six Christians from Shiraz, Iran, including a 17-year-old, have lost their appeal against a conviction for ‘attending a house church’, among other charges (Prayer Alert, July 3). Their sentences total 20 years in jail, although two of the six, including the teenager, are serving suspended sentences. The others are being held in Adel Abad prison in Shiraz. Release sources say that there is no further right to appeal. Please pray that these six Christians will know God’s peace and His presence – and pray that they will be pardoned. (Source: Mohabat News)