Egyptian man burnt in Muslim-Christian clashes dies

News article, posted 07.31.2012, from Egypt, in:
Egyptian man burnt in Muslim-Christian clashes dies (Photo: Al-Masry Al-Youm

Moaz Mohamed, who suffered serious burns from a Molotov cocktail thrown during clashes between Muslims and Copts in Dahshur, Giza, passed away on Tuesday at the Helmia military hospital in Cairo.

Prosecution investigations had said that 70 percent of Mohamed’s body sustained burns after he accidentally appeared at the scene of the clashes. The clashes erupted late last week between Muslim and Christian residents of Dahshur, leaving six people injured and two houses ablaze.

Investigators also said the clashes broke out after a Muslim young man accused a Christian laundry owner of burning his shirt while ironing it. Both gathered supporters before clashed with each other using Molotov cocktails, one of which hit the victim.

Four relatives of the Coptic laundry owner had been returned to custody. Charges filed against them were changed from attempted murder to murder, and the possession of explosives.  

Security forces deployed 1,500 policemen to secure the funeral procession and to prevent further clashes.