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Egypt’s Copts in talks with army after clashes

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“Military authorities running Egypt and representatives of Christian Copts demonstrating in central Cairo held talks on Thursday amid concerns over growing insecurity after deadly religious clashes,” Agence France-Presse reports.

3/10/2011 Egypt (AFP) – Military authorities running Egypt and representatives of Christian Copts demonstrating in central Cairo held talks on Thursday amid concerns over growing insecurity after deadly religious clashes.

“A dialogue has started between a group of young Copts and priests with the leaders of the army, over demonstrators’ claims in order to put an end to the sit-in,” state television announced.

Bloody fighting erupted late on Tuesday in the working class Cairo district of Moqattam when Muslims confronted 1,000 Christians who had been blocking a main road in protest at the burning of a church last week.

The health ministry said 13 people were killed in the clashes, and Father Boutros Roshdy of the Moqattam church said at least seven Coptic Christians were among the dead.

More than 1,000 Copts continued days of demonstrations on Thursday outside state television headquarters in Cairo to demand the rebuilding of a church torched south of the capital last week in clashes sparked by a romantic liaison between a young Christian and Muslim.

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