Killings in Cairo, but no change on FCO advice to Egypt

Killings in Cairo, but no change on FCO advice to Egypt

Foreign Office advice to UK travellers in Egypt has not changed following the deaths of 12 people in sectarian clashes in Cairo at the weekend.

The killings occurred in a poor district of Cairo as conservative Muslim Salafis attacked one Coptic Christian church and set fire to another. More than 180 people were injured.

Protestors were on the streets of Cairo today demanding protection from the authorities and an end to the violence.

There have been previous outbursts of sectarian violence since the overthrow of former president Mubarak in February, with 13 people killed in clashes in March. But the clashes pre-date the revolution and the upheavals in Egypt have been remarkable for the general lack of violence to date.

A national night-time curfew remains in place between 2am and 5am, but is not enforced in the Red Sea resort area or in Luxor. However, it does apply in Cairo and other cities.

Government elections are scheduled for September, with a military council running the country until then.

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