Egyptian death toll rises amid renewed violence between protesters, police
RESTIVE: A supporter of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi throws stones at riot police during clashes in the Ramsis Square area in central Cairo on Monday. CAIRO — Seven people died and more than 260 were wounded when supporters of Mohamed Mursi clashed with the deposed Egyptian president’s opponents and security forces through the night, with the return of bloodshed overshadowing the naming of a new interim cabinet. Egyptian authorities arrested 401 people over the fighting overnight, nearly two weeks after the army removed Mr Mursi in response to mass demonstrations against him.
Two people were killed at a bridge in central Cairo where police and local Mursi opponents clashed with some of his supporters who were blocking a route across the River Nile overnight. Another five were killed in the Cairo district of Giza, said the head of emergency services, Mohamed Sultan.
Crisis in the Arab world’s most populous state, which straddles the Suez Canal and has a strategic peace treaty with Israel, raises alarm for its allies in the region and the West. He has not been charged with a crime but the authorities say they are investigating him over complaints of inciting violence, spying and wrecking the economy.
Scores of Mursi supporters were rounded up after violence last week. A week of relative calm had suggested peace might be returning, but that was shattered by the street battles into the early hours of Tuesday morning, the bloodiest since more than 50 Mursi supporters were killed a week ago.
We looked up and the police were on the bridge firing tear gas down on us," said pro-Mursi protester Adel Asman, who was coughing, spitting and pouring Pepsi on his eyes to ease the effect of tear gas.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Business Day