CAIRO (AP) -On Monday dozens of people were arrested after clashes between Copts and Muslims and security forces in Cairo, which killed 24 people and injured at least 200, said the official news agency MENA, which mentions the arrest of the “instigators of chaos.”
The agency does not specify the religion of those arrested, while the funeral of the victims should be held at the Cathedral of Coptic Cairo on Monday.
In Luxembourg, foreign ministers of the EU condemned the sectarian violence, the head of European diplomacy Ashton recalling that in Egypt “to protect its citizens, whoever they are and where they come from and whatever their religion or faith. The Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Uri Rosenthal said that “as many people killed in these disorders is of great concern.”
The clashes began when unidentified assailants attacked a demonstration attended by thousands of Copts, who denounced the recent attacks against churches in southern Egypt. The event began in the district of Shoubra (north of Cairo), before reaching the Nile, where stands the headquarters of the television. This is where men in civilian clothes not identified, attacked the demonstrators with cudgels.