World Watch Monitor | Nov. 23, 2018
An Algerian court has ordered a church in the northern Tizi Ouzou province to close because it lacks the necessary permit, reports Christian advocacy group Middle East Concern (MEC).
The closure of the church in Ait Djemaa is the latest in a string of closures of Protestant churches over the past year, with another one in July and in October. In April a Christian bookshop and day-care centre for Christian children were also closed.
The Protestant church in Ait Djemaa, with around 200 members, received the order on 14 November. The court said the church had to close its doors after failing to receive permission from the National Committee for Non-Muslim Worship.