Ten Egyptians Arrested After Clashes Break Out at Coptic Church (Video)
At least one person died during another day of clashes between Coptic Christians and Muslims in Egypt this week. The clashes broke outside St. Mark’s Cathedral during a funeral procession of four Christians killed in sectarian violence earlier in the week.
Police arrested ten people including four Coptic Christians after the church was attacked.
Egypt’s prosecution has ordered the detention for four days of 10 suspects, including four Christians, accused of killing, attempted killing and causing damage to St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, according to a prosecution statement.
The clashes erupted last week as Coptic families were preparing a funeral procession for those who were killed in the Egyptian town of al-Khoussous the day before.
The 10 suspects were arrested for possession of firearms and weapons with blades, state broadcaster Nile TV reported, adding: “At least four Coptic activists were arrested on Friday dawn for complicity in clashes.”
Christian-Muslim confrontations have increased in Muslim-majority Egypt since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 gave freer rein to hardline Islamists repressed under his autocratic rule.
The state news agency MENA said one person had been killed and 84 injured in several hours of fighting at the cathedral, headquarters of the Coptic church, which was showered with stones, petrol bombs and bird-shot.
Following the ceremony, Christians started hurling rocks at police officers, a witness said.
The protesters smashed six private cars and set two on fire, prompting an angry reaction from Muslims living in the neighborhood, who threw stones at them, a witness said.