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Christian, Muslim clash in Egypt leaves 15 wounded

Clashes between Muslims and Christians in Cairo have left 15 people wounded. (File photo: Reuters)

Egyptian security officials say a clash between Christians and Muslims that saw homes and a church burned in a southern city have left 15 people wounded.

Officials say the clash started Sunday when a Muslim tried to stop a Christian neighbor from building a speed bump in front of her home. Officials say both families started fighting and assailants tossed gasoline bombs into four Christian homes and a local church.

Officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

Tensions have been running high between Muslims and Christians after the popularly supported coup that ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi on July 3, 2013.

Coptic Christians, who represent 10 percent of Egypt's population, have been threatened since the coup, especially in the country's south.

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Last Update: Sunday, 11 August 2013 KSA 20:34 - GMT 17:34
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