Menu

One killed in Egypt as Christian mourners clash with police, mob

  • 2920fb459ad74d0b2e0f6a70670071ad.jpg

    Tear gas fills downtown as protesters clash with security forces in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 6, 2013. Police fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters outside the chief prosecutor's office Saturday in central Cairo who were pushing on the building's doors demanding he resign.(AP Photo/Mostafa Elshemy)The Associated Press

  • dd2af5b89b1e4e0b2e0f6a7067007a59.jpg

    A protester throws away a tear gas canister fired by security forces in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 6, 2013. Police fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters outside the chief prosecutor's office Saturday in central Cairo after they tried to push on the building's doors demanding he resign.(AP Photo/Virginie Nguyen Hoang)The Associated Press

  • 03fd3f319ab54c0b2e0f6a7067007926.jpg

    Egyptian Samir Mancy, 60, holds a red card with Arabic reading, "Morsi step down", during a rally in front of the general prosecutor's office in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 6, 2013. Arabic on the hat reads, "I'm hungry." Thousands of activists took to the streets Saturday to mark the fifth anniversary of the founding of a leading opposition group, the April 6 Youth Movement, and to push a long list of demands, including the formation of a more inclusive government amid a worsening economy. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)The Associated Press

  • c2abbe489ac34c0b2e0f6a706700fdde.jpg

    Members of Egypt's April 6 Youth Movement shout anti-Muslim Brotherhood slogans during a rally in front of the prosecutor general's office in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 6, 2013. Arabic reads, "people demand the regime to step down." Thousands of activists took to the streets Saturday to mark the fifth anniversary of the founding of a leading opposition group, the April 6 Youth Movement, and to push a long list of demands, including the formation of a more inclusive government amid a worsening economy. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)The Associated Press

The head of Egypt's national ambulance services says one person has been killed in clashes outside Cairo's main Coptic Christian cathedral.

Mohammed Sultan said the person died of wounds from birdshots.

Sunday's clashes outside the St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Cathedral began shortly after hundreds of angry Christians left the sprawling complex to stage an anti-government march following a funeral for four Christians killed in sectarian clashes on Saturday.

Denouncing Morsi, the mourners chanted "Leave!" and "This is our country, we will not leave."

Police fired tear gas to disperse the Christians.

Soon after they left the complex, a mob, described by witnesses as residents of the area, pelted them with rocks, firebombs and birdshot, forcing them back inside the complex. They also showered the protesters with rocks from the roofs of nearby buildings, according to witness Ibrahim el-Shareef.

At least 21 people were also injured in the clashes.

Coptic Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt's estimated 90 million people. They have long complained of discrimination.