Protesters gather around Qatar embassy to demand end to terrorism and killing of Christians

Protesters gathered around the embassy of Qatar in the United States to demand an end to terrorism and the killing of Christians in light of reports that the Qatari government provided sanctuary to jihadists.

(REUTERS / Thomas White / Illustration)A map of Qatar is seen in this picture illustration June 5, 2017.

On June 28, the National Black Church Initiative organized a protest outside the embassy of Qatar to speak out against the persecution of Christians in the Middle Eastern country. The protesters chanted "stop killing Christians" and "stop terror." At the same time, they also condemned the nation for reportedly coddling members of the al-Qaeda, Taliban, Muslim Brotherhood, and Hamas and allowing them to put up offices in the country, Breitbart detailed.

NBCI president Rev. Anthony Evans said Qatar must stop the mistreatment and religious intolerance against Christians. He said they will not keep quiet on the plight of their Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East and will keep on protesting against the abuse of anyone.

"I'm here standing in front of the embassy of Qatar to send a very clear message that what they're doing to promote religious intolerance is wrong," said Rev. Evans. "What they're doing to persecute Christians is wrong. And that we in the Black church who have a history of being persecuted [ourselves] will not stand for any persecution of any Christians, or any Muslims, or any Jews or anyone else."

In a prayer, Rev. Evans called on the leaderships of Qatar, Iraq, Egypt, Yemen, and other nations to not harm the Christian church. He said believers only want peace, and not violence.

On the other hand, a man who appeared to work at the embassy came to Qatar's defense and claimed that American media was being paid by certain entities to "spread false rumors about Qatar." The man, who did not reveal his name, added that the protesters had no right to criticize a nation that they could not locate on a map.

Earlier this month, Christians in Qatar appealed for prayers after the country plunged into a diplomatic crisis. The allegations about Qatar's support for Islamist groups have caused Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, and others to cut its ties with the embattled nation, Open Doors USA reported.

A Christian from Asia urged people to pray that the problem will not snowball and that the countries in the Middle East will be able to settle their conflicts. Another Christian leader revealed that they have been holding special prayer meetings dedicated to Qatar's situation with its neighboring countries.