Egypt: 10 killed in fresh clashes across Cairo
By Sekhemib Hebeny, IndepthAfrica
Cairo: No less than10 people were killed and over 70 wounded in deadly clashes across Egypt between followers and opponents of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi as tension increased on the nation’s new authority to release the Islamist leader.
Clashes started yesterday when Morsi followers on the way to the US embassy attacked anti-Morsi demonstrators in nearby Tahrir Square. Stones were exchanged along with gunshots. One person died and a minimum of 23 were wounded during the violence.
Six people were killed in an area near Cairo University in Giza while three died in Qalioubiya governorate and Tahrir Square.
Out of the 86 injured, 12 people sustained minor injuries and were discharged from hospitals, while 74 continue to be treated, El-Khatib stated in an official statement.
The army ousted Morsi, 61, on July 3 after days of massive street demonstrations by millions of Egyptians demanding that the Islamist leader step down.
His followers are calling for his reinstatement and demand they won’t be part of the military-backed political process until then.
The clashes later that evening saw the use of birdshot, gunfire and cocktails, witnesses said.