In this Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 photo, 87-year old Sheik Ahmed el-Mahalawi, right, speaks during a press conference as Sheik Said Abdel-Azim, left, a leader of al-Dawa al-Salafiya, in Alexandria, Egypt. A politicized religious sermon by a prominent ultraconservative cleric set off angry protests, where sword-wielding supporters of Sheik el-Mahalawi clashed for hours with rock-throwing opponents. In an unimaginable twist, the cleric was locked up inside for over 12 hours during the battle, while opponents accused his supporters of detaining protesters and beating them inside the mosque. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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In this Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 photo, 87-year old Sheik Ahmed el-Mahalawi, right, speaks during a press conference as Sheik Said Abdel-Azim, left, a leader of al-Dawa al-Salafiya, in Alexandria, Egypt. A politicized religious sermon by a prominent ultraconservative cleric set off angry protests, where sword-wielding supporters of Sheik el-Mahalawi clashed for hours with rock-throwing opponents. In an unimaginable twist, the cleric was locked up inside for over 12 hours during the battle, while opponents accused his supporters of detaining protesters and beating them inside the mosque. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
In this Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 photo, 87-year old Sheik Ahmed el-Mahalawi, right, speaks during a press conference as Sheik Said Abdel-Azim, left, a leader of al-Dawa al-Salafiya, in Alexandria, Egypt. A politicized religious sermon by a prominent ultraconservative cleric set off angry protests, where sword-wielding supporters of Sheik el-Mahalawi clashed for hours with rock-throwing opponents. In an unimaginable twist, the cleric was locked up inside for over 12 hours during the battle, while opponents accused his supporters of detaining protesters and beating them inside the mosque. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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