Egyptian Police Clash With Brotherhood Backers, Dozens Dead

Sunday, 06 Oct 2013 02:20 PM

 

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Security forces and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi clashed in Cairo and other cities today, leaving at least 28 dead, as protests against military rule erupted on the anniversary of the war with Israel.

At least 113 people were injured, Health Ministry official Khalid al-Khatib said by telephone.

The Muslim Brotherhood is facing its toughest crackdown in decades after Morsi was pushed from power by the military on July 3 after days of mass protests. The army-backed government sent police to clear Islamist protest camps in August, leaving hundreds dead. Since then Brotherhood leaders have been targeted by a wave of arrests.

Security forces arrested 300 rioters across the country today, Major General Sayed Shafiq, assistant interior minister for public security, said by telephone. Clashes between police and Brotherhood supporters led to two deaths in Minya province, SkyNews Arabiya reported.

The pro-Mursi National Alliance in Support of Legitimacy had called for protests on Oct. 5 and Oct. 6 to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1973 war with Israel.


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