May 08, 2011
Ten die in Egypt violence between Muslims and Christians
Unlike some past incidents where Muslims attacked Christian churches as congregants ran away, worshipers at two churches in Cairo didn’t sit around and take it. They met the fanatics in the streets and a riot ensued:
Religious tension continues to seethe in Egypt after a violent clash between Christians and Muslims left ten dead and 190 arrested, heading for military trials.The county’s military rulers reacted swiftly after an attempt to burn down two churches set off a riot in a Cairo slum.
Mobs of ultraconservative Muslims from the Salafi religious trend converged on a church in the slum of Imbaba late Saturday following rumours of an interfaith romance.
Christians barricaded themselves inside and around the church when the demonstrations turned violent. Witnesses said people on rooftops fired into the crowd.
At least six of the dead were Muslims.
The incident follows the bombing of a church on New Year’s day that left 21 dead and sparked clashes between the country’s minority Christians and riot police.
“This is something that’s very much seething underneath,” said CTV’s Martin Seemungal, reporting from Jerusalem, noting that since Egypt’s recent revolution, “people are wondering, and Christians in particular are very concerned, how they are going to be treated in a new Egypt.”
They’ve already gotten an answer to that question.