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Egypt Day of Victory Turns Bloody

Published: 07/10/2013 08:28:22 PM GMT
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CAIRO - Scores of Egyptians have been killed and dozens injured when clashes erupted between pro-democracy protesters, supporting deposed former President Mohamed Morsi, and security forces which banned them from entering the (more)

CAIRO - Scores of Egyptians have been killed and dozens injured when clashes erupted between pro-democracy protesters, supporting deposed former President Mohamed Morsi, and security forces which banned them from entering the iconic Tahrir square.

"The interior ministry and the army killed my son," screamed Sabah el-Sayed, mother of Rami Imam, 29, stroking his leg, Reuters reported on Sunday, October 6.

Imam's father said his son had been heading home from work when he got caught up in the clashes.

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His body was among eight other bodies who were seen by Reuters reporter shrouded in blue and white sheets among pools of blood at Ibn Sina hospital in the Mohandiseen district of Cairo.

Abdelrahman al-Tantawi, a medic who brought Imam to the hospital with a bullet in his neck, said he had seen police and army firing from a bridge at demonstrators.

The bodies were among at least 38 Egyptians who were killed on Sunday in clashes between police and supporters of the deposed President Morsi according to interior ministry.

Protesters chanted "The coup is terrorism" and "Sisi is a killer", referring to army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

The deaths occurred when protesters tried to enter the iconic Tahrir Square, the rallying point for the popular uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011, security sources said.

Authorities had warned on Saturday that anyone who protested against the army during ceremonies marking the anniversary of an attack on Israeli forces during the 1973 war would be regarded as an agent of foreign powers, not an activist.

The interior ministry described the clashes as an attempt by the Muslim Brotherhood to "ruin the celebrations and cause friction with the masses".

It said in a statement 30 of the 33 dead had been killed in the Cairo and Giza governorates and 423 people had been arrested. Scores of people were reported wounded.

Four people were also killed last Friday when protesters tried to reach Tahrir Square.

On October 6, 1973, the Egyptian and Syrian armies launched a joint surprise attack on two fronts against Israeli occupation forces.

The Egyptian army managed to cross the Suez Canal in an amphibious operation thought impossible by Israel and US military experts.

The Army also regained control over several parts of the peninsula before a ceasefire came into effect.

Responsibility

The Brotherhood's political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party, said it held Sisi and the Interior Ministry responsible for Sunday's deaths.

"We call on all human rights organizations to condemn the crimes committed today,” the party said in a statement cited by Reuters.

We call for an international investigation into the crimes of today," it added.

Cairo's Dokki district was littered with rocks and thick with tear gas. Security forces fired in the air in the capital and Egypt's second city Alexandria, witnesses said.

Away from Cairo, a protester was killed and at least two were wounded when marchers were attacked by police in the town of Delga, 300 km (190 miles) south of Cairo.

Political tensions have gripped Egypt and hammered the economy since the army ousted Morsi in July, installed an interim government and presented a political roadmap it promised would bring fair elections.

Authorities have cracked down hard on the Brotherhood, which won every election since Mubarak's fall.

The Brotherhood accuses the military of staging a coup and sabotaging Egypt's democracy by removing Morsi, the country's first freely-elected president.

Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net




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