Christian Muslim Violence in Egypt Injures 55

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A clash between Coptic Christians and Muslims left 55 injured late Saturday night in the second outbreak of sectarian violence in seven days, Egyptian interior ministry officials said.

They said that 33 Muslims and 22 Christians were injured while 28 people were arrested.

The clashes began when a small group of Muslims fired shots at hundreds of Coptic Christians staging a sit-in near the state television building. The Coptic Christians were protesting what they called negligence by the Egyptian authorities in failing to prevent last week’s street fighting that left more than a dozen people dead, more than 200 injured and two churches in flames.

At about 10 p.m. Saturday night, two Muslims fired shots at the Christians, officials said. Then groups of young men from both religions battled for hours with rocks, sticks and molotov cocktails.

Both general crime and sectarian violence have increased since the revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak three months ago, as the military council running the country has struggled to rebuild the police force. A primary target of the revolution because of their past abusive practices, many police officers deserted the force or have returned timidly. Some leaders of the protests that brought down the old government suspect a counter-revolutionary conspiracy to stir up lawlessness.

On Sunday, the Coptic Christian pope told his followers to end their sit-in in the interest of preserving peace.

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5 responses to “Christian Muslim Violence in Egypt Injures 55”

  1. josephphdman Avatar
    josephphdman

    those extremist are ordered by iran to incite strife in egypt and create chaos and instability, and maybe drag egypt into a civil war ,so they could invade egypt and make there dream persian state empire
    this is also  to help divert attention from the protest in syria,
    iran is interfeering inegypt and meddeling in lebanon and bahrain this persian state has no buissiness putting there nose in arab states and they need to mind there own buissiness and stay out of the area.
    the coptic people should have there own state to defend themselves from those extrremist and iran , because the egyptian governement is unable to protect them

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    Anonymous

    those extremist are ordered by iran to incite strife in egypt and create chaos and instability, and maybe drag egypt into a civil war ,so they could invade egypt and make there dream persian state empire
    this is also  to help divert attention from the protest in syria,
    iran is interfeering inegypt and meddeling in lebanon and bahrain this persian state has no buissiness putting there nose in arab states and they need to mind there own buissiness and stay out of the area

  3. lebnaneh Avatar
    lebnaneh

    egyptian governement never been able to protect the coptic they are full of it when u feed people shit the shit will come out sometime all arab country can not live with another religion they even don;t know the histoirs those people been long before them ,arab equal them word kill desrtoy and never build where ever the go the make it a desert itsnothing to do with iran or the west they are like that daft as it come and they will destroy themself with there own hands 

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    Anonymous

    egyptian governement never been able to protect the coptic they are full of it when u feed people shit the shit will come out sometime all arab country can not live with another religion they even don;t know the histoirs those people been long before them ,arab equal them word kill desrtoy and never build where ever the go the make it a desert itsnothing to do with iran or the west they are like that daft as it come and they will destroy themself with there own hands 

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    Anonymous

    egyptian governement never been able to protect the coptic they are full of it when u feed people shit the shit will come out sometime all arab country can not live with another religion they even don;t know the histoirs those people been long before them ,arab equal them word kill desrtoy and never build where ever the go the make it a desert itsnothing to do with iran or the west they are like that daft as it come and they will destroy themself with there own hands 

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