Ban appeals for calm in Egypt after deadly protests

 

Raising the cross, Christian women protest against the killing of Christian demonstrators in a clash with military police in Cairo/IRIN

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced deep sadness at Sunday night's clashes in Cairo that left dozens dead and almost 300 people injured.

Media reports indicate the killings occurred when a group of Coptic Christians clashed with military forces over a recent attack against a church.

Tensions between Muslims and the minority Coptic Christians have worsened since President Mubarak stepped down in February this year.

Eduardo Del Buey is the Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

“The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the loss of life in Cairo last night. He appeals to all Egyptians to remain united and to preserve the spirit of the historic changes of early 2011. He calls on the transitional authorities to guarantee the protection of human rights and civil liberties for Egyptians of all faiths. The Secretary-General reiterates his call for a transparent, orderly and peaceful transition that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Egyptian people and includes free, fair and credible elections leading to the establishment of civilian rule.”

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