Violent clashes between Muslims and Christians in Cairo have left 13 people dead and about 140 wounded, security and hospital officials said Wednesday.
The bloody confrontation took place Tuesday night when at least 2,000 Coptic Christians gathered in the poor working class district of Moqattam to protest last week's church attack by a Muslim mob in Cairo.
The church burning was reportedly triggered by a taboo love affair between a 40-year-old Coptic Christian and a Muslim woman.
The Egyptian Army has promised to rebuild the destroyed church, but Muslims say they will build a mosque where the church once stood.
"It is a problem because the people who are in this village are still visiting, you know, until probably yesterday they were still insisting they will change this spot into a mosque," said Ehab Tanas of the Bible Society of Egypt.
Ehab Tanas of the Bible Society of Egypt also shared his insights on Egypt's religious unrest. Click the player below for that interview.
Tuesday's demonstrators demanded the Egyptian government do more to protect Christians in the country, where Copts make up 10 percent of the population.
"Has (the army) sold us to the Muslim Brotherhood? If that's the case, it must understand that Copts won't leave this country," Saleh Ibrahim, a Christian carpenter from Moqattam, said.
Christian protesters blocked a main highway into Cairo with burning tires and threw rocks at cars. Muslims responded by attacking the Christians, and the two sides fought for hours.
"We expected the army to defend us, but now we know they are against us, like the police. This country will not be an Islamist state," Ibrahim told Agence France Presse.