Egypt: Clashes During National Holiday Kill 50, Injure 80

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CAIRO (AP) - More than 50 people are dead after security forces and Islamist protesters clashed across Egypt on Sunday.

Crowds from Egypt's two rival camps -- supporters of the ousted Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, and backers of the military that deposed him -- poured into the streets and turned on each other.

Several neighborhoods of the capital, Cairo, resembled combat zones after street battles that raged for hours.

Sunday's death toll was the highest on a single day since Aug. 14 when security forces raided two sit-in protest camps by Morsi supporters, killing hundreds.

Even as fighting continued in the streets, the military went ahead with lavish celebrations for the national holiday marking the 40th anniversary of the start of the 1973 Mideast war with Israel.

In the evening, a concert was aired live on state TV from a military-run Cairo stadium where pop stars from Egypt, Lebanon and the Gulf sang anthems to the army and dancers twirled on stage before a cheering crowd.
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CAIRO (AP) - More than 40 people have been killed in clashes across much of Egypt today between security forces and supporters of the ousted president.

Rival crowds of supporters of the military and backers of the Islamist Mohammed Morsi it deposed poured into streets to mark a major holiday. It's the 40th anniversary of the start of the 1973 Mideast war with Israel, a holiday the military-backed government had wanted to use to pay tribute to the armed forces.

Street battles raged for hours in some neighborhoods of Cairo, as Morsi supporters fired birdshot and threw firebombs at police who responded with gunshots and tear gas.

The Health Ministry reported 40 people killed in Cairo and four others killed in provinces south of the capital, with more than 240 people injured. The Interior Ministry, which is in charge of the police, said 423 Morsi supporters were detained across the nation.
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CAIRO (AP) - A senior Egyptian Health Ministry official says 15 people have been killed in clashes across the country between security forces and supporters of the country's ousted Islamist president.

Senior ministry official Khaled el-Khateeb said more than 80 people have also been injured.

The clashes took place as rival crowds of supporters of the military and backers of the ousted Mohammed Morsi poured into streets around the country Sunday, as a holiday marking the anniversary of the last war with Israel turned into a showdown between the country's two rival camps.

Morsi's supporters and security forces fought pitched street battles for hours in several Cairo locations that now look like combat zones, with small fires burning, black smoke rising and the sound of gunshots piercing the air thick with tear gas.


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