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One dead, dozens wounded in Egypt sectarian clashes

Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 01:12

May 18 - A feud between Christians and Muslims in Egypt's second city of Alexandria leaves one dead and dozens wounded as sectarian tensions persist. Lily Grimes reports.

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Sectarian tension erupts into violence once again in Egypt. Overnight riot police moved in to stop clashes between Muslims and Christians in the second city Alexandria after one died and dozens were wounded. The two sides threw firebombs and fireworks at each other before security forces intervened. What started as a family feud escalated into street battles outside this Coptic church. Police arrested eight people after about two hours of fighting, according to a security source. Tensions have risen between Muslims and Christians in the two years since Mubarak's overthrow. Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt's 84 million population and have complained that the authorities have failed to protect them since Mubarak was ousted, giving radical Islamists a free hand. The election of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi last June exacerbated the Christian community's fears. Last month at least five people were killed and 80 injured after a funeral service for four Christians killed in another bout of sectarian violence.

One dead, dozens wounded in Egypt sectarian clashes

Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 01:12

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