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Turning into quasi-barracks, al-Omranya district of Giza sees violent clashes between riot police and Copts over resumption of construction works of a Giza-patriarchy-service-complex-turned-church. According to district officials, permits have been issued for a service complex, not for building a new church. Meanwhile, complex / church clerics emphasize legality of construction works given validity of available permits. Clashes start as riot police disperse 500 young Copts who have vandalised a public building. Clashes result in one Copt, Makarios Gad Shukr, 19, being killed; 24 civilians, 15 riot police soliders, and 6 police officers being injured, including General Maher Mahmoud, Commander of Central Security Forces in Giza. Riot police round up 156 rioters, including 24 who have been injured but are kept into police custody until further notice at hospitals.