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Attack on Egypt's Coptic Christians Leave 26 Dead, 200 Wounded (PHOTOS)

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By Ariel R. Rey , Christian Post Reporter
October 10, 2011|10:29 pm

Violence struck the streets of Cairo Sunday when a group of about 1,500 Coptic Christian protesters were attacked during what was supposed to be a peaceful rally against a church attack last week.

Recent reports made by Egypt's State TV state that the deadly clashes left 26 dead and over 200 wounded from the violence.

Egypt riots (Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Egyptian Christians clash with soldiers and riot police during a protest against an attack on a church in southern Egypt, in Cairo October 9, 2011. 23 people were killed in Cairo when Christians, some carrying crosses and pictures of Jesus, clashed with military police.

Egypt Attacks on Coptic Christian Protesters (Photo: Amr Dalsh / Reuters)

Egyptian Coptic Christians carry coffins during a mass funeral for victims of sectarian clashes with soldiers and riot police at a protest against an attack on a church in southern Egypt at Abassaiya Cathedral in Cairo

Egypt Attacks on Coptic Christian Protesters (Photo: Amr Dalsh / Reuters)

An Egyptian Christian woman grieves and show a picture of her son during a mass funeral for victims of sectarian clashes with soldiers and riot police at a protest against an attack on a church in southern Egypt at Abassaiya Cathedral in Cairo.

Coptic Christians Egypt (Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Egyptian Christian women grieve during a mass funeral for victims of sectarian clashes with soldiers and riot police at a protest against an attack on a church in southern Egypt at Abassaiya Cathedral in Cairo October 10, 2011. Thousands of mourners attend a funeral ceremony for those killed in overnight clashes when troops crushed a protest over an attack on a church in the worst violence since the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

According to reports, military personnel attacked the Christian protesters during their peaceful demonstration following false reports by the State TV that Coptic Christian protesters had attacked and killed three soldiers. Those false reports are said to have instigated violent clashes between the groups, and reports describe how local Muslim groups also joined in the attack against the Christians.

egypt (Photo: REUTERS / Mohamed Abd El-Ghany)

Army vehicles burned during during a protest in Cairo against the attack on a church in southern Egypt October 9, 2011. Over a dozen were killed in Cairo on Sunday when Christians, some carrying crosses and pictures of Jesus, clashed with military police, medical and security sources said, in the latest sectarian flare-up in a country in political turmoil.

Egypt Christians (Photo: Reuters/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany)

Egyptian Christians march in Cairo during a protest against an attack on a church in southern Egypt on Oct. 9, 2011.

 One of the participants, Essam Khalili told AP, "The protest was peaceful. We wanted to hold a sit-in, as usual.”

He added, "Thugs attacked us and a military vehicle jumped over a sidewalk and ran over at least 10 people. I saw them."

Almasty Alyoum, an Egyptian publication, has been keeping a live update feed on the violence and according to it, the Muslim Brotherhood released a statement saying, “There are certain channels, means and times for demanding legitimate demands and all Egyptian people have legitimate demands, not only our Coptic brothers.

It continued, “This is certainly not the right time to demand them since the current government is an interim government and the general conditions are abnormal."

According to state media 25 suspects are being interrogated by the military prosecutors. There have been no statements made as to whether or not those suspects began the violent clashes.

Egypt Coptic Christians (Reuters/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany)

Egyptian Coptic Christians carry coffins as they make their way to Abassaiya Cathedral during a mass funeral for victims of sectarian clashes with soldiers and riot police, after a protest about an attack on a church in southern Egypt, in Cairo October 10, 2011. Egypt's Coptic Christians turned their fury against the army on Monday after at least 25 people were killed when troops broke up a protest, deepening public doubts about the military's ability to steer the country peacefully towards democracy.

 

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