Clashes leave 54 dead, plunging Egypt deeper into crisis
Egyptian forces have clashed with protesters in bloodshed that left 51 protesters and three members of the security forces dead, say officials. Egypt's Republican Guard building in Cairo. Egyptian soldiers and police clashed with Islamists protesting the military's ouster of president Mohamed Morsi in bloodshed that left at least 51 protesters and three members of the security forces dead, officials and witnesses said, and plunged the divided country deeper into crisis with calls by the Muslim Brotherhood's political party for all-out rebellion against the army.
The pro-Morsi protesters said the troops attacked their encampment without provocation just after they had performed dawn prayers. The military said it came under a heavy assault first by gunmen who killed an army officer and two police officers, though its account of the events left many questions unanswered.
Witnesses from outside the protest camp said troops appeared to be moving to clear the days-old sit-in and were firing tear gas, when gunfire erupted. One said she believed the fire came from the protesters' side, though others could not tell.
Whatever the spark, clashes went on for three hours, with protesters hurling stones and molotov cocktails from rooftops and gunshots ringing out. Nearby clinics run by Brotherhood supporters were swamped by wounded protesters, some with gaping, bleeding wounds.
More than 400 were wounded in the mayhem, officials said.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Mail & Guardian