Fights broke out between Muslims and Christians today after Sunday prayers at the Marco Church in the town of Fashn, Beni Suef.
Muslims threw stones at the Christians while they were coming out of the church, and smashed one church-goer’s car.
Police forces have tightened security over the town.
Muslim residents accuse members of the Christian population of harassing a Muslim girl last month. In the aftermath of that dispute, they say, police ordered the Christians to hold Sunday prayers at a different church; but the congregation allegedly violated that agreement.
Arbitration will be held between the two parties to resolve the matter.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm