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One killed in clashes between Muslims and Copts in Alexandria

Clashes erupted when a Coptic man allegedly sexually harassed a Muslim man's sister

Ahram Online, Reuters, Saturday 18 May 2013
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One person has died and dozens injured in clashes between Muslims and Coptic Christians in Egypt's north coast city of Alexandria, the Ahram Arabic news website reported.

Clashes erupted Friday night in Al-Geish Street in western Alexandria, after a fight started between two young men, one Copt and the other Muslim, when the Copt allegedly sexually harassed the latter's sister. The parties involved in the fight reportedly used Molotov cocktails and machine guns.

The incident left one person, Sherif Sedki Saad, dead by a heart-attack during the clashes, and dozens others injured.

Nasser El-Abd, Alexandria's investigations director, said that Central Security Forces prevented the crowds from storming into Al-Azraa Church in Al-Geish Street where clashes have been taking place. Security forces have also spread in the area to restore order.  

According to Reuters, police arrested eight people after two hours of fighting. 

The situation is currently reported to be calm in the area. 

Egypt has last witnessed severe sectarian clashes last April in Al-Khosous city in Qalioubiya governorate after Christian children allegedly painted offensive drawings on the wall of an Islamic institute.

In the ensuing violence, which raged for hours, guns were fired and shops and buildings set ablaze, leading to the deaths seven people, including four Christians and two Muslims. The religion of the seventh person has not been confirmed.

Two people were killed and at least 90 injured the next day when unknown assailants attacked mourners outside St Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo where a funeral service was being held for the four Copts killed in Al-Khosous.




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19-05-2013 01:34am
The Media should choose their words
(1)Had Ahram Online reported that "two Egyptian men fought over one of them tried to ......" Instead of A Copt and a Moslem...etc... The Media should break the differentiating line between the Egyptian Divide. To set the Example. (2) To attack mourners outside St. Mark's Coptic Egyptian Cathedral. This is the lowest of the low for anyone to carry such a move. The Prophet PBUH stood up in respect to a non-Moslem funeral, when asked "Why" ...He responded: "The deceased is a human being on his way to meet his Creator" what do we do in 2013?? we attack mourners forgetting that they are there for the saddest of reasons, mourning a loved one. How heartless and illogical can a human being become. (123 words)
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