Christian violence in Egypt

A Muslim mob surrounded and burned a church in the Egyptian capital of Cairo on Saturday, killing at least 10 people and wounding nearly 200 more.

 The confrontation was sparked by a rumor among Muslims that the Coptic Christians at the Saint Mena Church in the Cairo neighborhood of Imbaba were holding against her will a woman who wished to convert to Islam.

The mob began hurling firebombs at the church and reportedly opened fire on the Christians. Some reports suggested the Christians responded in kind by returning fire.

Security forces eventually broke up the Muslim mob using tear gas, and firefighters were called in to hose down the scorched church building.

Israel Today reported last month that Christians have begun to flee Egypt following the ouster of former dictator Hosni Mubarak and the rise of more radical Islamic elements within the country.

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