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Egypt Muslims hold Friday prayers at church in solidarity demo

Following Egypt's recent sectarian flare-up, Muslim activists hold Friday prayers outside prominent Giza church before holding national unity rally

Ahram Online , Friday 12 Apr 2013
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A group of Muslims held weekly Friday prayers in front of the Virgin Mary Church in Giza's Imbaba district to express solidarity with their Coptic-Christian countrymen following last week's sectarian flare-up in Egypt's Qalioubiya governorate, in which six people were killed, including four Copts. 

Egypt's 6 April Youth Movement (Democratic Front) called for the solidarity prayers to voice their rejection of sectarian violence and stress the importance of national unity.

Members of the group staged a small demonstration following the conclusion of Friday prayers, lifting a large banner bearing the words, "No to sectarian strife; yes to national unity; one people, one nation," Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website reported.

Violence broke out in Qalioubiya's town of Al-Khosous on Saturday after Christian children allegedly painted offensive drawings on the wall of a prominent Islamic religious institute. 

In the ensuing violence, which raged for hours, guns were fired and shops and buildings set ablaze, leading to the death of four Christians and one Muslim in one of Egypt's worst sectarian flare-ups in months. 

Violence erupted again on Sunday outside St. Mark's Coptic Cathedral in Cairo's Abbasiya district, during a funeral procession for the four Christians killed in Al-Khosous. Police fired teargas to disperse the crowds and stop the violence. 

Two people were killed and almost 90 injured in the melee, state news agency MENA reported.

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Joe
13-04-2013 12:43pm
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This is fully orchestrated by Mubaraks felool so that when he is released by the court of appeal at the end of the year Egyptians will be so caught up fighting each other they will not notice or have enough energy to fight his release. Egyptians are being primed for his and his sons release and eventual re take of Egypt. The NSF has done so much damage it's difficult to see how it can be repaired and as they spend day after day fighting each other and Morsi, Mubarak comes out the winner with Shafik! Egyptians need to seriously wake up!!! You would have thought that 30 years of Mubarak would have taught them how he works.
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Sharif Shehata
12-04-2013 09:11pm
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Egypt for all Egyptians
The end of day we are Egyptians, Muslims Sunni- Muslims shia and Christians. We live together in peace and harmony. Egypt is a united nation, so please don't play with fire. If any invisible hands are trying to destroy our society, they will be punished. The message is clear Muslims and Christians shoulder to shoulder in Egypt FOREVER. God save Egypt.
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