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Egypt: Fires light up the night in rival clashes01:02

Egypt: Fires light up the night in rival clashes

Egypt, Cairo
July 5, 2013 at 21:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

Egypt: Fires light up the night in rival clashes

Street battles raged on as opponents and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi continued to fight on a main bridge over the Nile River near Tahrir Square in Cairo Friday. Scenes of chaos and violence ensued in collisions between the rival groups who used fireworks, molotov cocktails, birdshot and rocks. Egyptian military vehicles were deployed on the 6th of October Bridge in a move to break up the clashes as military helicopters flew toward Tahrir.

Another arrest of a senior Muslim Brotherhood official, the deputy leader of the political party, Khairat El-Shater, has been taken into custody on suspicion of inciting violence. He was arrested at his apartment in Cairo and the latest of several of the Brotherhood's leaders to be taken in since President Mohamed Mursi was overthrown by the army on Wednesday.

Pro-Morsi protests swept through Cairo after Friday prayers as the Muslim Brotherhood urged advocates to show their support for the ousted president. Tens of thousands streamed into the streets in the capital under the banner the 'Friday of rejection', referring to the announcement on Wednesday night by army chief Abdul Fatah Al Sisi that Egypt's first democratically elected president had been removed by military decree.

The Ministry of Health has reported 17 dead and over 200 injured in clashes erupting on Friday, including at the Republican Guard building, Tahrir Square, Al Manial district, the city of Assiut and in the northern Sinai city of El Arish.

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Egypt: Fires light up the night in rival clashes

Street battles raged on as opponents and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi continued to fight on a main bridge over the Nile River near Tahrir Square in Cairo Friday. Scenes of chaos and violence ensued in collisions between the rival groups who used fireworks, molotov cocktails, birdshot and rocks. Egyptian military vehicles were deployed on the 6th of October Bridge in a move to break up the clashes as military helicopters flew toward Tahrir.

Another arrest of a senior Muslim Brotherhood official, the deputy leader of the political party, Khairat El-Shater, has been taken into custody on suspicion of inciting violence. He was arrested at his apartment in Cairo and the latest of several of the Brotherhood's leaders to be taken in since President Mohamed Mursi was overthrown by the army on Wednesday.

Pro-Morsi protests swept through Cairo after Friday prayers as the Muslim Brotherhood urged advocates to show their support for the ousted president. Tens of thousands streamed into the streets in the capital under the banner the 'Friday of rejection', referring to the announcement on Wednesday night by army chief Abdul Fatah Al Sisi that Egypt's first democratically elected president had been removed by military decree.

The Ministry of Health has reported 17 dead and over 200 injured in clashes erupting on Friday, including at the Republican Guard building, Tahrir Square, Al Manial district, the city of Assiut and in the northern Sinai city of El Arish.

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