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Sectarian violence erupts in Egypt after church attacks

Clashes between Christians and Muslims in Cairo leave at least 10 dead and dozens injured

Sectarian violence erupts in Egypt after church attacks
Egyptians gather as firefighters extinguish a fire on a church after clashes between Muslims and Christians in Cairo on May 7, 2011. Clashes between Muslims and Christians in the Egyptian capital left six people dead and about 50 others injured, the health ministry said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Sectarian violence erupts in Egypt after church attacks
Egyptian Coptic Christians carry the coffin of a victim of sectarian clashes during a funeral in Cairo on May 8. Egypt's worst sectarian strife since 13 people died on March 9 when a church was burned was triggered by rumours Christians had abducted a woman who converted to Islam (AFP/Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Sectarian violence erupts in Egypt after church attacks
An Egyptian Christian lady cleans the floor as others remove objects and debris from the burnt out Virgin Mary church in the popular area of Imbaba in Cairo. The army said that 190 people would be tried in military courts over the violence that erupted on Saturday (AFP/Getty Images)
Sectarian violence erupts in Egypt after church attacks
An Egyptian military solder (C-top) stand guard as Christians remove objects from the Virgin Mary church (AFP/Getty Images)
Sectarian violence erupts in Egypt after church attacks
Egyptian interior Minister Mansur Issawi (2-L) visits the damaged Virgin Mary church in the popular area of Imbaba in the Egyptian capital Cairo on May 8, 2011, after overnight clashes between Muslims and Christians that left some 10 people dead (AFP/Getty Images)
Sectarian violence erupts in Egypt after church attacks
Egyptian Justice Minister Abdel Aziz Al Gindi speaks during a press conference in Cairo on May 8, 2011. s. (AFP/Getty Images)
Sectarian violence erupts in Egypt after church attacks
On Sunday, hundreds of young Christian men ran through central Cairo toward the main state television building calling for the removal of Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, who leads the military council ruling Egypt since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in February. A crowd of Muslim men met them and some sought to calm the Christians' anger but fights broke out and the two groups pelted each other with stones (AFP/Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Sectarian violence erupts in Egypt after church attacks
Egyptian Coptic Christians take part in a demonstration outside the Cairo High Court on May 8, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images)
Sectarian violence erupts in Egypt after church attacks
A woman mourns after the clashes. Authorities stationed military vehicles near churches in the Cairo suburb of Imbaba on Sunday after a dozen people died in clashes between Christians and Muslims there the previous day, witnesses said (AFP/Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Sectarian violence erupts in Egypt after church attacks
Egypt's highest religious authority, Al-Azhar, held an emergency meeting to discuss the clashes, and the Grand Mufti has called for a conference of national reconciliation (AFP/Getty Images)