A mob in Cairo threw rocks and fired birdshot at several hundred Christians marching in a protest against the Muslim Brotherhood on Sunday.
The Christians chanted slogans against Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. They originally had gathered for a funeral at the Coptic Orthodox cathedral for four Christians who were killed in sectarian clashes over the weekend, The Times of Israel reports.
Mohammed Sultan, director of Egypt's national ambulance services, said at least 17 people were injured.
Riot police later arrived and fired tear gas into the crowd. Several tear gas canisters landed inside the cathedral's grounds, where many of the Christians were taking refuge, causing a panic among women and children who attended the funeral, The Times of Israel reports.
Video footage aired live on the private ONTV network showed men on the roof of a building next to the cathedral firing guns into the compound.
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