Two More Algerian Churches Closed, Others Threatened

(World Watch Monitor) Local authorities in Algeria’s north-western city of Oran have closed two more churches amidst growing pressure on Christians in the Maghreb country.

The two churches—L’Oratoire (The Oratory) in Oran’s city centre, and a village church in Layayda (about 40km from Oran)—were sealed off by police on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

The police notification stated that the churches didn’t have state approval. The decision is not the first of its kind in Oran.

On Nov. 9, 2017, another church in the town of Aïn Turk (15km from Oran) was also closed. The authorities claimed the church had been used to “illegally print Gospels and publications intended for evangelism.”

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