At least 10 killed in overnight Cairo clashes

A soldier (R) tries to protect a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporter of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi during clash with anti-Mursi protesters, along Qasr Al Nil bridge, which leads to Tahrir Square. (Reuters)

At least 10 people were killed in clashes between supporters and opponents of ousted Egyptian president Mohammad Mursi in Cairo on Tuesday, the health ministry announced.

Khaled al-Khateeb, a health ministry official, said 86 more were wounded in the violence, which erupted when the Islamist protesters marched toward the U.S. embassy in Cairo coming near the Tahrir square where rival protester are camped.

A hospital official said the corpses of two people killed in clashes near Cairo University, where Mursi’s supporters are staging a sit-in demanding his reinstatement, had been received.

Ahram Online, a state-run news website, said police fired tear gas to quell the violence and several cars in the area were destroyed or set on fire.

The Muslim Brotherhood said on the Facebook page of its Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), which Mursi headed before he was elected president in June 2012, that the pro-Mursi protesters were being “terrorized.”

“Leaders of the military coup continue to terrorize the peaceful protesters in Egypt,” the FJP said in a statement in English.

The Brotherhood accuses the army of orchestrating “a coup” that has exposed deep political divisions in the Arab world’s most populous and influential nation.

Forces that support Mursi’s overthrow call the June 30 uprising “a revolution” that was backed by the armed forces,

The National Salvation Front, an alliance of liberal and leftist parties that supported Mursi’s ouster, condemned what it described as attacks by Brotherhood supporters on protesters over the last three weeks.

The interior ministry said in a statement posted on its Facebook page that pro-Mursi protesters in in the Giza Square, Qalyubiya and Fayoum, were not peaceful. It said they used bladed weapons and firearms to attack protesters in Tahrir and blocked roads and obstructed traffic in other areas of Cairo.

The interior ministry warned Tuesday it would deal with any lawlessness “firmly and decisively” while urging “everyone of all affiliations to maintain peaceful expressions of opinion” following the latest bloodshed, AFP reported.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:41 - GMT 06:41