Clashes resume between Egyptian Christians, police

By Maggie Michael

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Oct. 10 2011 4:21 a.m. MDT

Smoke from tear gas fills the street as protesters clash with Egyptian security forces in Cairo Egypt, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. Fierce clashes erupted Sunday between Christians protesting a recent attack on a church and the Egyptian military, leaving more than a dozen people dead and scores injured, Health Ministry officials said.

Mohammed Abu Zaid, Associated Press

CAIRO — Security officials say clashes between Christian protesters and Egyptian security forces have resumed, with hundreds pelting the police with rocks outside a central Cairo hospital.

At least 24 people were killed when Christians, angered by a recent church attack, clashed Sunday night with Muslims and security forces outside the state television building in central Cairo.

The officials say Monday's clashes took place outside a Cairo hospital where bodies of Christian victims were kept.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media, had no word on casualties.

The latest violence comes hours before funeral services for the victims were to be held at the Coptic Christian cathedral in Cairo.

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