Police officers firing tear gas joined with a rock-throwing crowd fighting a group of Christian mourners Sunday in a battle that escalated into an attack on Egypt’s main Coptic Christian Cathedral that lasted for hours.
Alastair Beach sees gunfire exchanged as armed gang descends on funeral of five Christians killed in recent sectarian clashes
Hundreds of Christians were under siege inside Cairo’s Coptic cathedral Sunday night as security forces and local residents, some armed with handguns, launched a prolonged and unprecedented attack on the seat of Egypt’s ancient Church.
A state of anger had prevailed during the funeral service for the four Coptic victims of the sectarian incidents in El-Khosoos, Qaliubiya [Greater Cairo], with thousands chanting inside and outside of the St. Mark Cathedral in Abbasseya, Cairo.
Attacks by Muslims and clashes with Christians erupted on Friday in the Al-Khosous district of Qaliubia province, part of the Greater Cairo region, leading to the killing of nine people. These include five Coptic Christians, one Muslim and three unidentified bodies. At least 17 Christians were reported to be wounded.
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