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25 dead as violence in Cairo escalates

By KJ Mullins     Oct 11, 2011 in World
Cairo - At least 25 people have died during assaults by Egyptian military forces on Christian Copts who have gathered in Cairo. This uprising is the latest and most deadly since the violence in February that took Hosni Mubarak out of power.
As clashes between Christians and the military escalate a death toll is rising in Egypt. Three soldiers were among the confirmed 25 dead in Cairo. Most of the victims are believed to be Christians. Dozens have been arrested while hundreds have been injured during the weekend violence.
In the streets protesters have been attacked with sticks as an estimated 1,000 Christians attempted to stage a peaceful sit-in along the Nile River in Cairo. Violence spiraled out of control on Sunday when a military vehicle jumped the sidewalk hitting some of those protesting.
David Harris, American Jewish Committee Executive Director, called the attacks troubling and called for the Egyptian military administration to act promptly in protecting Christian churches in Egypt in a statement Monday.
Coptic Christian protests in Cairo
Coptic Christian protests in Cairo
"Egypt's treatment of its Coptic minority is a harbinger of the course the country is going to take," Harris said. "If Egypt is to see the democratic changes and dignity that many of the protesters who overthrew Mubarak have demanded, this violence and oppression of the Copts must end."
Coptic Christian protests in Cairo
Coptic Christian protests in Cairo
Since February several Coptic churches have been burnt.The most recent burning took place last Friday in Edfu where the 71 year-old Mar Girgis church was set ablaze. In the city of Answar Muslim crowds have demanded that the local Coptic church shut down. Protestors went to Cairo to protect their churches with some Muslims joining the Copts.
About 10 percent of the population in Egypt is Coptic Christian.
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