In Egypt around 190 people are to face trial by a military court after fatal clashes between Christians and Muslims in Cairo.
At least 10 people died and 186 were wounded during the overnight violence in Cairo, in which a church was set alight.
The army’s Supreme Council says the arrests and trials are to act as a deterrent to further violence.
The Prime Minister was to hold an emergency cabinet meeting on Sunday to discuss the issue.
This eyewitness said,
“There are people who want to create problems between Muslims and Christians by saying there is sectarian strife, and this is not true. Yesterday we were Muslims and Christians together putting out the fire. There is no need to call us Muslim or Christian. We are one nation.”
Although the cause has not been confirmed, there are reports that it started after a Christian woman was held against her will in the church because she wanted to convert to Islam.
A crowd of conservative islamists, known as salafists, then gathered outside the church, leading to the clashes with a group of Christians.
For the army this is a serious test of its authority.