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36 dead, over 1,000 injured in clashes between Egyptian protesters

Published time: July 05, 2013 18:11
Edited time: July 06, 2013 16:00

Protesters, who are against former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, demonstrate near pro-Morsi supporters, near Tahrir Square in Cairo July 5, 2013. (Reuters / Asmaa Waguih)

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Mohammed Sultan, deputy head of Egypt's national ambulance service said that 36 people were killed on Friday during violent clashes between supporters and opponents of deposed President Morsi. 1,138 more were injured, according to the Health Ministry.

Some of the worst violence was reported in Alexandria, where 14 people lost their lives.

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (back) clash with anti-Mursi protesters near Maspero, Egypt's state TV and radio station, near Tahrir square in Cairo July 5, 2013. (Reuters / Amr Dalsh)

Tens of thousands of people marched across the country in what the Muslim Brotherhood movement has called a "Friday of Rage".

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Street battles broke out in at least eight areas of Cairo and in other parts of the country, with some celebrating the fall of the democratically elected leader and others who feared the return of military rule Egypt has struggled to put in the past.

The clashes accelerated as the supreme leader of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood Mohammed Badie addressed the protesters proclaiming that his followers would not give up street action until the return of the president.

“God make Morsi victorious and bring him back to the palace,” Badie roused supporters at a Cairo mosque during what was his first appearance since the overthrow. “We are his soldiers we defend him with our lives.”

After Badie’s speech, a large crowd of Islamists moved across 6th October Bridge over the Nile toward Tahrir Square, where scores of Morsi’s opponents had been massed all day.

In Cairo, three hours of street fighting eased after the army deployed troops and vehicles, to keep rival sides apart, Reuters reports.

In total five people were killed and another 199 injured when the Muslim Brotherhood attacked in the area of the Oct 6th Bridge, Al Arabiya says citing Egypt's ambulance service.

Also three people were fatally shot outside Cairo’s Republican Guard barracks where Morsi is being held. The army has denied responsibility for the shooting but the incident sparked outrage that has yet to subside. It was not immediately clear whether other security forces may have been behind the shooting.

A car was set on fire amid a barrage of fireworks put to use as weapons. Later reports suggested that further shots and tear gas had been fired.

Helicopters were flying overhead as ambulances tried to tend to the wounded, according to RT's Paula Slier.

Despite suspending the Egyptian constitution after removing Morsi from power, the army has pledged to hold democratic elections and maintain an interim government, although a timetable has yet to be released. A new prime minister could be named as early as Saturday, Reuters reports.  

Protesters were also spotted hurling stones off a bridge while fireworks went off. Thick plumes of black smoke emanated from small street fires as Egyptians scattered in different directions. Gunshots have also been reported throughout the country.

Helicopters are flying overhead and ambulances are arriving on the scene according to RT's Paula Slier. 

Protesters cheer upon the arrival of the Egyptian Security Forces during clashes between ousted president Mohamed Morsi supporters and anti-Morsi protesters near Egypt's landmark Tahrir square on July 5, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. (AFP Photo / Mohamed El-Shahed)

Despite suspending the Egyptian constitution after removing Morsi from power, the army has pledged to hold democratic elections and maintain an interim government, although a timetable has yet to be released. A new prime minister could be named as early as Saturday, Reuters reports.  

Protesters were also spotted hurling stones off a bridge while fireworks went off. Thick plumes of black smoke emanated from small street fires as Egyptians scattered in different directions. Gunshots have also been reported throughout the country. 

People have been running in a disorientated manner through plumes of thick smoke, with some traffic caught in the middle and lots of small fires being started. Protesters hurled stones from the bridge as the fireworks went off. 

Ousted president Mohamed Morsi supporters and anti Morsi protesters hurl stones at each other as they clash near Egypt's landmark Tahrir square on July 5, 2013 in Cairo. (AFP Photo / Mohamed El-Shahed)

The loud bangs emanating from the fireworks have been interspersed with gunshots, according to eyewitnesses.



A large pro-Morsi crowd had been heading in the direction of the state 'Maspero' TV building and gathered outside in the vicinity of anti-Morsi crowds, fueling fears that violent encounter would occur as they edged closer towards the square. Some injuries were reported at the TV station. As protesters later moved towards he bridge, crowds at Maspero thinned out.

Military helicopters flew overhead as a large pro-Morsi crowd headed in the direction of the state 'Maspero' TV building in Cairo. Three people were reportedly killed when violence broke out with the anti-Morsi crowds not far away.

Anti-Mursi protesters run during clashes with members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi near Maspero, Egypt's state TV and radio station, near Tahrir square in Cairo July 5, 2013. (Reuters / Amr Dalsh)

In addition to Friday's violence in the capital, the Sidi Jaber district of Alexandria was badly hit, as pro-Morsi protesters lobbed stones and Molotov cocktails at police cars blocking the streets. At least 14 people have been killed in Alexandria, according to Reuters. 

Five police officers were killed in separate incidents in the North Sinai town of El Arish. It was not immediately clear whether the attacks were linked to Morsi's ouster. 

RT’s correspondent in Egypt also reported violent demonstrations in Giza as she accidently walked into clashes there.

Over the course of the protests, according to Ministry of Health data released on June 30, 62 people have died and more than 2,500 have been injured. At least 39 people have been killed since Sunday, and as many as 160 instances of sexual assault have been reported.

Protesters, who are against former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, demonstrate near pro-Morsi supporters, near Tahrir Square in Cairo July 5, 2013. (Reuters / Asmaa Waguih)

An anti-Morsi protester shows spent shell casings and rubber bullets during clashes with members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi near Maspero, Egypt's state TV and radio station, near Tahrir square in Cairo July 5, 2013. (Reuters / Amr Dalsh)

Comments (133)

Anonymous user 07.07.2013 20:45

Leave the Middle East and save your own economies westerners. CIA GO AWAY!

Anonymous user 07.07.2013 20:37

Look at them congregating like sheeple in the place they are most hated.

Anonymous user 07.07.2013 16:26

I spoke to an epytian lady today.
She said the moslem brothers are murderers.

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