October 9th, 2011
03:29 PM ET

Officials: 20 dead as Egyptian forces clash with protesters

At least 20 people were killed Sunday when Egyptian army forces clashed with thousands of people protesting more than a week after the burning of a Coptic Christian church, officials said.

Dr. Sheriff Doss, the head of Egypt's chief association of Coptics, said that 17 civilians died and 40 were injured.

In addition, three army officers were killed and at least 20 were injured, according to Alla Mahmoud, an interior ministry spokesman.

The protesters - many of them Coptics or supportive of their cause - had been marching peacefully toward the Egyptian state television building, demanding equality and protection of Coptic places of worship.

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  1. marco

    It is very clear that Coptic christian people are very peaceful and they are attacked from the military. why because they do not want them to get their rights, they want to give them the lesson for the next 10-20 years.
    the only time the military used the power is one the coptic. and this will continue.
    and the surprise is why the Coptic Christian are protesting because they burn and destroy their churches, houses and kidnap their women. this is to much and god will never accept this. god bless, help and support them. amen

    October 9, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • saywhat

      MSNBC reports that Muslim men & women came out to protect the protesting Christians & clashed with the military. The coptic Christians & muslims in Egypt worked hand in hand during the popular uprising.
      Seems to me that the thugs in Egyptian military which has ruled the country in league with Mubarak for decades would try keeping the country destabilized to perpetuate their rule.
      I'm sure Egptians would never let that happen.

      October 9, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ancient Texan

    Well, it looks like the Egyptian Situation isn't turning out as Obama planned , or is it? We can expect the same result in Lybia? Or worse?

    October 9, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tif31

    Can anyone say Muslim Brotherhood ? Looks like they finally found their opening.

    October 9, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |


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  5. Bimbo the Demented Birthday Clown

    I won't pretend to have intimate knowledge of all of the current political players, but when I was there in 1992, I felt uneasy. Honestly, I'm surprised Egypt hasn't blown up long befoe this. The "Arab Spring" uprsing is not the end, at least not in Egypt.

    October 10, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |


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  8. Alice

    I lived in Egypt fro so many years...normally one would't know who's copts and who is not....they all live together in peace. Clashes happen when leaders make them..and then the media here in US make a story.

    October 10, 2011 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mustafa

    most of time, Christians wanna turn their houses or clinics into a Church. It`s ok, but first you have to get the legal license and so on .... believe me it`s the beginning of every clash in Egypt among Muslims and Christians ... we have to face the fact ... we should have ONE Law of Worship Places Building ... it will save time, efforts, and souls of the Egyptian .... we have to pray "muslims and christians" we have to seek God help & support "muslims and christians" .... we are one people .... WE ARE THE EGYPTIANS ... let us live in peace, please

    October 10, 2011 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
    • miky

      Copts only are Egyptians. You are Arabs.
      If the Christians could get the "legal licences" easily; they would not turn their houses nor their "clinics" into churches.
      At least they do not pray in streets and cause traffic problems...... hahahahaha

      October 10, 2011 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Athanasius

      No Love is in your heart toward Copts ,mustafa you're just like your people

      October 10, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. C. Cantu

    The power vacuum created by the ex-tyrants in the Middle East has been filled by Muslim clerics and extremists. Even Israel is sensing a hostile transformation, new Arab governments are becoming hostile, aggressive, more intolerant and are trying to diplomatically isolate the State of Israel. I perceive a new cycle of more hatred, resentment, violence, terrorism and discrimination. The Salafists are leading the revolts against Christians, these guys ere the most cruel, intolerant and bloodthirsty. ironically their name "Salafists" translate as the "Most Pious" of all Muslims.

    October 11, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Alejandro

    Lysander,On your question about where we go from here, these are my rniollectcoes of 78-79 revolution:a) the Iranian revolution ignited in Jan/Feb 78, it rumbled in the provincial cities till about August and then burst into Tehran properb) the Tehran watershed was a massacre in Jaleh ca end August in a square with unknown -but thought to be significant casualtiesc) the simmering phase which I suspect Egypt will go to now was lead by students. University campuses, secondary schools, polytechnics etc. There was no school from ca mid September till after the overthrow of the regimed) when the kids go to revolution, their parents generally follow. Every week-fortnight there mega demonstrations holding 1-2 million (no exaggeration) demonstrators4) huge amount of pamphlets by the various parties and in the autumn of 78 we had the most free media I have seen any where (Iran or the West). This was a big factor in getting a lot of people on the fence to become active. Words of Khomeini were spread on cassettes which proliferated.5) civil disobedience refineries were shut and oil was just stopped flowing in one of the coldest winters on record. Question for Egypt is what is Suez going to do now6) people were sure of what they wanted .. Shah must Go . and it included everyone, students, professionals, mums, pops and grandmas, intellectuals, leftist, apathetics and clerics of courseDoes Egypt have the same unity of purpose or voice or are they riven by doubt and fear? What did Roozevelt say: fellow Americans, what we have to fear is fear itself .I also salut the Egyptian people and sincerely hope that she will radiate benevolence in the region and the wider Africa in the post-Mubarak era.

    March 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
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