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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Egypt: Monday clashes in Cairo and other governorates left 9 people dead and dozens injured

Clashes in Cairo
Monday violent clashes erupted between the supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsy and the oppositional demonstrators and local residents of Cairo and several other governorates have left 9 dead and 86 injured, according to the statement of Egypt’s Health Ministry.

The clashes erupted on Monday in the area close to Tahrir Square in Cairo when Islamist protesters demanding reinstatement of Mohamed Morsy and cancelling of recent Armed Forces’ decisions calling them the coup against the legitimate President moved to the building of US Embassy in Cairo and to the Ministry of Defense. The oppositional demonstrators staging the sit-in in Tahrir have been reportedly attacked by the Morsy supporters approaching to the embassy and Defense Ministry headquarters.

The both sides have been throwing the rocks and stones at each other and even shooting from the short guns and using birdshots as well. There have been reports about the unidentified armed men shooting from the direction of Qasr Al-Nil Bridge, which is close to Tahrir Square, and targeting the Tahrir demonstrators. The shots came also from Tahrir side as well as a reply.

Clashes in Cairo
Military and security forces have interfered deploying military vehicles and additional personnel, closing the roads in the neighborhood and dispersing the crowds. Health Ministry reported two deaths and dozens injuries as a result of Tahrir scuffles.

In early hours of Tuesday, 23 July, violent clashes erupted also in front of Cairo University located in Giza, where Muslim Brotherhood supporters also hold sit-in, additionally to Rabaa Al-Adaweya Mosque in Nasr City. Morsy supporters have reportedly blocked traffic in the area and tried to prevent the local street vendors from working and harassing passers-by provoking them to clash.

Muslim Brotherhood in its turn accuses the “unknown thugs” who attacked peaceful Muslim Brotherhood protesters.

6 people are reported being killed and more than 30 injured as a result of the clashes in Giza. In addition to that dozens of the cars owned by the demonstrators have been smashed and torched.

Monday and early Tuesday was also marked by the clashes in some other Egyptian governorates including Qalyibiya where 18-year old protesters was killed and dozens injured.

The violence and divisions are on the rise in Egypt since the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsy on 3 July, when he was overthrown by Egypt’s Armed Forces after several days of massive protests against Morsy and his rule nationwide. Muslim Brotherhood supporters demanding reinstating of Morsy as a President are protesting since 28 June and holding sit-ins in Cairo and in other governorates as well.

The situation in the country remains tense with the Islamist forces rejecting any dialog and cooperation with the newly appointed interim President Adly Mansour and the interim Cabinet headed by liberal economist Hazem El-Beblawy. In addition to that security situation in the country has also significantly deteriorated with almost daily attacks of soldiers and policemen by terrorist groups in the restive Sinai Peninsula.