Egypt Christians mourn 4 dead in sectarian clashes

AP News
Posted: Apr 07, 2013 7:40 AM
Egypt Christians mourn 4 dead in sectarian clashes

CAIRO (AP) — Hundreds of angry Egyptian Christians have gathered at the main Coptic Orthodox cathedral in Cairo for the funeral of four fellow Christians killed in weekend clashes with Muslims.

A fifth person, a Muslim, died in the Saturday clashes in the town of Khosoos north of the capital Cairo.

Denouncing Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, the mourners on Sunday chanted "Leave!" and "This is our country, we will not leave."

Women in mourning black joined the chants, while clergymen sat silently before the service began.

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Egypt's Coptic Christians make up about 10 percent of the country's estimated 90 million people. They have long complained of discrimination by the state.

The presidency and the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group from which Morsi hails, condemned the violence.