4 dead in Egypt pro, anti-Morsi clashes in Cairo

4 dead in Egypt pro, anti-Morsi clashes in Cairo
Tue Jul 23, 2013 09:24:15

Clashes between supporters and opponents of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi in the capital have left at least four people dead.

Supporters and opponents of the ousted president have clashed in central and north of Cairo on Monday, hurling stones at each other as security forces fired tear gas to try to disperse them, witnesses said.

One of the dead was killed on the outskirts of Tahrir Square, a hot seat for anti-Morsi demonstrators throughout the protests, while a further three were killed in Qalyoub City. Two people in Qalyoub had been killed by gunfire and the third was hit by a train while fleeing the violence.

Further clashes took place later in the night at pro-Morsi rallies at Cairo University and near Salah Salem Street.

Injured people had been removed from the fighting scene and seven Morsi supporters were detained, according to Egyptian state media.

The late night clashes in Cairo brought the number of injured on Monday to 43, with three said to be in critical condition, in the worst violence in the Egyptian capital since July 16, when seven died in confrontations.

At least 16 people were injured when the protest march near Cairo University came under attack by area residents, the Egyptian Interior Ministry said. Witnesses reported the use of birdshot, gunfire and molotov cocktails. Police then intervened, firing tear gas to disperse the crowd.

A similar attack took place on the march near Salah Salem Street in the Egyptian capital city.

Earlier in the day, Adly Mansour, Egypt's interim president, used the anniversary of the 1952 July 23 revolution to address the nation and re-iterate appeals for reconciliation, without outlining solid terms for how that could be achieved.

"We want to turn a new page in the country’s book with no hatred, no malice, no division," he said in a pre-recorded speech that also highlighted the importance of the army in Egypt's history.

On July 3, the head of Egypt’s army General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that President Mohamed Morsi was no longer in power. Al-Sisi also dissolved the Egyptian constitution.

The Chief Justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, Adli Mansour, was sworn in as interim president on July 4.

Since then, Egypt has been the scene of rival rallies and clashes between thousands of the supporters and opponents of Morsi.

Morsi is being held “preventively” by the military. Senior army officials say he might face formal charges over accusations made by his opponents.


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