Muslim–Christian riots in Egypt.
In June 1981 continuing intercommunal tensions between Muslims and Coptic Christians in Egypt erupted into violence in Zawiyat al-Hamra, in the Shurabiyya district of Cairo. Seventeen people died and fifty-four were injured. The violence contributed to the government's September 1981 dismissal of the Coptic pope, Shenouda III, and banning of the Muslim Brotherhood movement.
See also muslim brotherhood; shenouda iii.
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