SIERRA LEONE has called in troops to quarantine Ebola victims, as the World Health Organization reports 57 new deaths in 4 days and dispatches 50 new health experts to West Africa.
Emory University, working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is prepping an Ebola isolation unit in Atlanta to receive and treat at least one American aid worker for quarantine and further treatment—the first ever Ebola case (with potentially more to come) ever treated in the United States.
Now CNN and others are reporting that a private jet with a quarantine pod was dispatched from Georgia yesterday to evacuate Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, the two American aid workers undergoing treatment in Liberia for Ebola.
Amber Brantly, wife of the Samaritan’s Purse physician, issued a statement yesterday, thanking those who’ve reached out to her family and prayed for her husband and saying, “I remain hopeful and believing that Kent will be healed from this dreadful disease.”
SUDAN: Meriam Ibrahim arrived in the United States yesterday, along with her two children and husband, after her long ordeal in a Khartoum jail.
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ISRAEL: Despite their own turmoil, Israeli-Arab Christians in Haifa turned out to march on behalf of Arab Christians facing persecution and against radical Islamic groups like Hamas.
Operation Protective Edge continues in Gaza, with reports emerging of Christian casualties in the Israel-Hamas conflict. Jalila Ayyad of Gaza Baptist Church was killed during an Israeli bombing attack this week, and her son seriously injured. Christian charity Seeds of Hope reports that its Gaza office was destroyed by a 4-ton bomb on July 23, and a new Christian believer connected to its ministry was killed July 20 when his home was bombed. The ministry is hosting 170 newly homeless Gazans in safe houses.
SYRIA: Mhardeh, a town with an Antiochian Orthodox Christian population of 50,000, is under attack by Islamist fighters. Reports are that Christians are determined to stay and fight, with even some who have left returning to take a stand with fellow believers.