Muslims, Christians clash in Minya; one killed

A feud among youths led to religious clashes in Egypt

Muslims, Christians clash in Minya; one killed

One person was killed in clashes between Muslims and Christian Copts in the Egyptian province of Minya late Wednesday.

The violence was triggered by a violent argument between two Muslim and Coptic youths in the village of Saft al-Laban, security sources said.

Nine Coptic houses were burnt down in the violence.

Army and police forces cordoned off the village and used teargas to put an end to the clashes.

Christian Copts make up between 8-10% of Egypt's population of 90 million people, according to unofficial estimates.

Muslims and Christians in Egypt have for decades lived in peace, but sectarian violence has begun to emerge recently.

Copts complain of what they claim to be discrimination against their minority population.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Ağustos 2013, 10:26