Egypt PM Appeals for Calm after Copt Bloodshed


Prime Minister Essam Sharaf appealed to Egypt's Muslims and Christians not to give in to sectarian strife after almost 20 people died in clashes on Sunday between Coptic Christians and security forces.

"What is taking place are not clashes between Muslims and Christians but attempts to provoke chaos and dissent," he said on his Facebook page.

"This is not befitting the children of the homeland who remain and will remain a single hand against the forces of vandalism... and extremism," the premier said.

Sharaf called on Egyptians "not to give in to sedition because it is a fire which burns up everybody and does not distinguish between us."