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At least 27 dead in 'Friday of Rage' clashes in Egypt

Post by DJKeefy » Fri Aug 16, 2013 6:40 pm

At least 27 people were killed across Egypt on Friday, the health ministry said, in clashes between security forces and loyalists of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Health ministry sources said four were killed in clashes in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia and eight in Damietta.

A makeshift hospital in Cairo's Ramses Square, where Morsi supporters are converging, has put the death toll at 42.

Earlier, Egyptian state television reported that at least 7 were killed so far in Cairo. At least one person has been reported killed in Giza, according to the health ministry.

Unofficial reports from witnesses claimed a higher tally in several cities.

Violence broke out as thousands of Islamists marched in several cities across Egypt in what they dubbed the "Friday of Rage" to protest Wednesday's crackdown on pro-Morsi protest camps, which left more than 600 people dead and thousands wounded.

Clashes erupted between supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi and residents in several areas in Cairo and Giza.

In Cairo's Boulaq Abou El-Ela district, near Ramses Square, clashes ensued between the district's residents and protesters coming off the 15 May Bridge.

Stones were thrown between the clashing groups and gunfire could be heard.

Earlier on Friday, Egyptian state television showed footage of two men armed with automatic weapons at a pro-Morsi march on Cairo’s 15 May Bridge above the Boulaq district on Friday.

In Giza's Dokki district, clashes were also reported between demonstrators and residents at Tahrir Road.

Al-Jazeera English journalist Rawya Rageh reported via Twitter that there was "commotion" on Tahrir Street.

"I see men running with pistols in side streets after gunshots heard as Muslim Brotherhood rally marched.”

Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported clashes between security forces and pro-Morsi protesters at Giza Square in the Giza district, saying security forces fired teargas in an attempt to disperse the crowds.

Source: http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/79214.aspx


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