Meanwhile, AFP reports that protests continue in the country as discontent with military rule boils to the surface.
At least 36 people were wounded as the soldiers repeatedly attempted to break up a sit-in outside the cabinet's offices demanding an immediate transition to civilian rule, the official MENA news agency reported.
State television reported that 32 security forces personnel were wounded in the clashes, including an officer hit by birdshot it said came from the protesters.
The Los Angeles Times examines why Coptic Christians are wary of a Muslim-dominated government.The clashes, which raged since dawn, were the bloodiest since five days of protests in November killed more than 40 people just ahead of Egypt's first parliamentary elections since the ouster of president Hosni Mubarak in February.
Laws that further institutionalized Islam also would speed the departure from Egypt of those Copts who have the means to relocate. The exodus of Christians from the Middle East, the cradle of their religion, is a sadly familiar story. From the West Bank to Lebanon to Iraq, they have left because of political instability, violence or discrimination. Sometimes they are refugees within their own countries. In 2008 more than 1,300 Iraqi Christians fled the city of Mosul after 14 were killed. Even when Christians stay - as the vast majority of Copts most likely would - their influence and well-being can suffer under an intolerant regime. That shouldn't happen in post-revolutionary Egypt.