CAIRO, EGYPT -- Egypt's military leadership held talks Thursday, March 10, with Christian protesters demanding more security, after Muslims burned a church sparking clashes that killed 13 people and injured about 140 others, officials said.
"A dialog has started between a group of young Copts and priests with the leaders of the army, over demonstrators' claims in order to put an end to the sit-in," state television said in a statement.
The clashes erupted this week in a working class Cairo district of Moqattam when Muslims confronted 1,000 Christians who had been blocking a main road in protest at the burning of a church last week, witnesses said.
Egypt's health ministry said 13 people were killed in the clashes, and Priest Boutros Roshdy of the Moqattam church estimated that at least seven Coptic Christians were among the dead.
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