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In Egypt, 15 die in Muslim-Christian clash
Baptist Press
May 10, 2011
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In Egypt, 15 die in Muslim-Christian clash

In Egypt, 15 die in Muslim-Christian clash
Baptist Press
May 10, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt — A group of armed Muslims marched May 7

on Saint Mena Coptic Orthodox Church, one of the oldest churches in Egypt, and

the resulting violence caused at least three deaths, news media reported.

Witnesses said Muslims and Christians exchanged gunfire in Alexandria, sending

people running for cover, according to a May 8 report from CNN.

Intensified violence between Muslims and Christians in Egypt over the weekend

sparked an emergency meeting of the country’s Cabinet, CNN reported. Spokesmen

for Egypt’s Coptic Christians issued calls for international protection.

In Cairo, at least 12 people were killed and 232 others were wounded in clashes

outside a church where rumors spread that a Christian woman who converted to

Islam was being held against her will, CNN said. Egypt’s Prime Minister, Essam

Sharaf, postponed a trip abroad to hold the emergency meeting.

A small group of Coptic Christians gathered near the U.S. Embassy in Cairo May

9 to condemn the government for not doing more to protect them and called for

international protection of the country’s Christian community, CNN said.

Christians and Muslims debated as soldiers blocked access to the U.S. embassy.

In Cairo’s Maspiro neighborhood, bricks were thrown from rooftops on

predominantly Christian protesters demonstrating in favor of national unity.

Chants of “with our souls and blood we will sacrifice ourselves for the cross”

were heard, according to CNN. Military riot police separated the demonstrators,

some of whom were Muslim, from hostile onlookers.

Tensions between Muslims and Christians have increased after a recent U.S.

government report highlighted hostility directed against the minority Copts in

the predominantly Muslim society, CNN said.

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Compiled by Baptist Press assistant editor and senior writer

Mark Kelly.)

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