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Khosous sectarian violence case adjourned to 26 October

Trial of 33 accused in Khosous sectarian clashes adjourned to allow time for eyewitness testimonies to be heard

El-Sayed Gameleddine , Saturday 21 Sep 2013
File photo: Police deployed outside Baptist Church in Al-Khosous which was attacked last week during clashes (Photo: Nada El-Kouny)
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The trial of 33 accused of involvement in sectarian violence that took place in Qaloubiya’s town Khosous in April was adjourned Saturday to 26 October.

The case was postponed to allow time to hear eyewitness testimonies.

The 33 on trial are facing accusations of involvement in sectarian clashes which left six dead and 22 injured.

The violence broke out after a group of children allegedly painted a swastika on the wall of a prominent Islamic religious institute.

Some Al-Khosous residents claimed the children were Christian, yet news sources maintain they were Muslim.

All witnesses agree, however, that the swastika was likely mistaken for a Christian cross.

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.

The total death toll increased to six after another Muslim died in hospital days later.

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