Christian-Muslim Strains Flare at Cairo Church

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Coptic Christians in Egypt are on edge after a recent attack by Muslims.

Two Sundays ago, hundreds of Christians gathered in a former Cairo factory they had converted into a church for their first service. Bells rang and hymns were sung.

A crowd of angry Muslims quickly gathered, threw stones at the
building and burned banners that said, "No to the church." They
tried to storm the gates, clashed with police and chanted, "The
church has fallen, the priest is dead," according to witnesses.

In fact, no one died, but 13 people were reported injured.

As Islamic conservatism gains ground in Egypt, Coptic Christians
have grown increasingly resentful about discrimination by the Muslim majority.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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