13 charged in relation to Dahshour sectarian violence

Ahram Online, Wednesday 17 Apr 2013

Four Christians and nine Muslims are charged with offences related to sectarian clashes in Dahshour last August

Egyptian prosecutors ordered the transfer of thirteen people accused of inciting sectarian strife in Giza’s Dahshour last August to the criminal court.

On 1 August, fighting erupted in the village of Dahshour when a Coptic Christian man who irons clothes for a living and one of his Muslim customers became entangled in a brawl after the Christian accidently burned his client's shirt.

The fight escalated, drawing more people, and left one Muslim, Moaz Mohamed Mohamed, dead. More than 120 Coptic families living in the area left the town, fearing they would be violently expelled.

The defendants in the sectarian incident are nine Muslims and four Coptic Christians, and are charged with murder, the possession of explosive materials and assaulting security forces.

At least five incidents of sectarian violence have taken place since President Morsi took power in July 2011, according to a statement by Human Rights Watch.

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