Egyptian military kills 34 Pro-Morsi protesters in Cairo, health official says

July 8, 2013 | By | Reply More

July 08, Cairo – Shots have been fired at sit-in outside of the building where ousted leader Mohammed Morsi is thought to be being held. This came just hours before the interim government was expected to name a new premier.

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At least 34 people, including an army officer, died early on Monday when shots were fired on a demonstration outside of the Republican Guard barracks in Cairo, according to the Muslim Brotherhood. The military has been holding Morsi there since removing him from power last week.

“34 people were killed and 100 others injured, many of them in serious condition,” the group’s spokesman Ahmed Aref told AFP.

Police barricades prevented journalists from accessing the area around the elite Republican Guards base.

Demonstrators told AFP that troops and police had fired tear gas canisters and bullets into the air to disperse the protesters.

“They wanted to disperse the protesters,” who were determined to stage an indefinite sit-in, the protester said.

Another protester, Mahmud al-Shilli confirmed that security forces fired into the air, adding that a group of men in civilian clothing had attacked the protesters.

“The Republican Guard fired tear gas but the thugs came from the side. We were the target,” Shilli told AFP.

Earlier, demonstrators told AFP by telephone that troops and police had fired tear gas canisters and live rounds in a bid to disperse them.

“I saw with my own eyes the people who they shot at,” one protester said, adding that several people had been injured.

On Friday at the same spot, four people were shot dead by soldiers.

Supporters of Mursi’s Brotherhood have mobilised in large numbers in different parts of Cairo in recent days, vowing to defend Mursi, who was ousted by the military on Wednesday after mass protests calling for him to be removed from power.

Mursi was Egypt’s first freely elected president but lasted just a year in power.

Press journalist for HRO media – contributed to this report.

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