Once more, the Egyptian press depicts Islamic discrimination/persecution against dhimmi Christians as a product of “sectarian strife,” wherein both parties are equally guilty, or “intolerant.” But why shouldn’t it, when the Western press does the same thing? See the Pact of Omar for more on why the Muslims must have been incensed. More on this story.
“13 Injured in Clashes between Muslims and Christians in Ain Shams,” by Mustafa el-Marsafawi and Fatma Abu Shanab for Al-Masri Al-Yawm, November 25 (thanks to Robert):
There were clashes between Muslims and Christians in Ain Shams district two days ago after some Christians prayed inside a closed plant turned into a Church, which is a stone’s throw away from a mosque. After the two sides pelted each others with stones, the police dropped tear bombs and arrested eight people.
Leaderships at Cairo Security Directorate, Azhar Sheikhs and priests moved to the scene of the accident to defuse the situation and reach a solution for the problem.
Eyewitnesses said seven central security vehicles and anti-riot forces cordoned off Tawfiqia Street in which security forces used sticks and tear bombs to disperse the people who pelted them with stones. This resulted in the injury of eight people and five soldiers. In addition, two cars and a number of facades were destroyed.
Some Muslims from the district said the Christians turned a closed plant into a church without getting a license. They wondered how the Christians want to establish a church adjacent to a mosque.
Muslims and Christians exchanged accusations of pelting with stones and bottles.
“We sought protection in the church because we were not a party in the problem, as clashes erupted between the police and the Muslims,” the Christians said.
The menacing-looking throng standing against the police, depicted in pictures, would seem to verify this.