Al-Alam reporter targeted in Egypt clashes

Al-Alam reporter targeted in Egypt clashes
Fri Aug 16, 2013 20:01:23

A correspondent for Iran’s al-Alam Arabic-language news channel has been targeted by protestors’ gunfire in Ramses Square in the capital Cairo.

According to reports, the correspondent fortunately escaped the clashes without any serious injuries.

This is while Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said at least 28 pro-Morsi protesters have been killed in clashes at Ramses Square in the capital Cairo.

The group also announced that Egyptian security forces have killed 10 Morsi supporters in Ismailia.

According to Al-Alam correspondent, more clashes are underway near the embassy of Britain in Cairo between Morsi supporters and security forces.

Following the escalation of clashes in Egypt, France and Germany called Friday for urgent European talks on cooperation with Egypt as concern grew over a bloody crackdown on supporters of Morsi.

In a statement, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel raised the spectre of the European Union rethinking its cooperation with Egyptian authorities, as at least 12 people were killed in fresh violence on Friday.

"Egypt must return as quickly as possible to the path of its democratic life," Hollande and Merkel said in a statement after telephone talks.

"The president and chancellor also called for urgent consultations at the European level," it said.

"They want the Union's foreign ministers to meet quickly, next week, in order to take stock of cooperation between the European Union and Egypt, and to develop common responses."

Hollande was also due to discuss Egypt with British Prime Minister David Cameron in a telephone call later on Friday.

The European Union has already said that senior officials from its 28 members will meet Monday to review the crisis in Egypt, where a military crackdown has left hundreds dead.

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