Cairo (CNN) — At least 20 people were killed Sunday when Egyptian army forces clashed with thousands of people protesting more than a week after the burning of a Coptic Christian church, officials said.
Dr. Sheriff Doss, the head of Egypt’s chief association of Coptics, said that 17 civilians died and 40 were injured.
In addition, three army officers were killed and at least 20 were injured, according to Alla Mahmoud, an interior ministry spokesman.
(Reuters) – Libyan government forces captured landmark buildings in a thrust toward the center of Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown Sirte, but came under a fierce counter attack which inflicted dozens of casualties.
Taking Sirte would bring Libya’s new rulers a big step closer to establishing control of the entire, sprawling North African country almost two months after they seized the capital Tripoli, but Gaddafi loyalists are putting up stiff resistance.
National Transitional Council (NTC) forces captured Sirte’s main hospital as well as the university and a lavishly built international conference center, but one large group of anti-Gaddafi fighters fled in disarray after coming under an intense mortar volley.