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September 25, 2020

Ten dead after Copt-Muslim clash in Cairo

CAIRO – At least 10 people died and 110 were injured in clashes between Muslims and Coptic Christians in Cairo on Tuesday, BBC reports. Both Coptic Christians and Muslims were killed in the violence, which began during a protest by Copts against last week’s burning of a church. Witnesses said both sides had been throwing stones and the army fired into the air to disperse the crowds. The clashes come two months after a suicide bomber killed 23 people at a Coptic church in Alexandria. In January, an Egyptian man was sentenced to death for shooting dead six Copts and a Muslim policeman in Naga Hamady, southern Egypt. The violence erupted when Coptic protesters blocked a highway in the Egyptian capital, protesting against the burning of the church in the province of Hel­wan. The rally angered Muslims who wanted to pass through. Copts – who make up about 10% of Egypt’s popula­tion – have often complained of harassment and discrimination, and argue that attacks on them go unpunished or result in light sentences. The government in the predominantly Muslim country denies discriminating against Copts.

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