Jordan Expels More Foreign Christians

By BosNewsLife Center

Compass Direct News said Sadeq Abdel Nour, married to a Jordanian citizen and father of two children, was handcuffed and blindfolded and taken to the port city of Aqaba. From there he was reportedly placed on a ferry to on February 10.

The previous week an Egyptian pastor from a Baptist in Zarqa was detained, held for three days, and also returned to Egypt by ship from the port city of Aqaba, the news agency reported. The unidentified pastor, 43, is apparently married to a Jordanian woman and the father of three children.

Another foreign , studying Arabic, left Jordan on February 18 after intelligence ordered her to exit the country by February 20, Compass Direct News said. Officers allegedly accused the student of studying Arabic to conceal her work Muslims, because she attended an Arabic-speaking church.


Jordanian authorities were not immediately available for comment, however last week Minister of State for Information and Communication Affairs Nasser Judeh confirmed previous BosNewsLife reports on deportations of at least dozens of other foreign Christians.

He said targeted were preachers coming to Jordan under the "pretext of charitable a and voluntary activities, but who violated the law by undertaking preaching activities." The minister said that under Jordanian law, the government must sanction preaching and any religious activity, whether Christian or .

Judah did not mention how many people were expelled, but Christian sources estimate that Jordanian authorities deported and refused residence permits to at least 27 expatriate Christians from the , South Korean, Egypt, and for belonging to evangelical groups in this mainly Muslim nation.

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