Death toll rises as Egypt tension mounts

July 28, 2013 | By | Reply More

July 28, CAIRO — A Health Ministry official says the death toll in weekend clashes in Cairo between supporters of Egypt’s ousted president and security forces backed by armed civilians has risen to 72.

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Khaled el-Khateeb, head of the ministry’s emergency and intensive care department, says another eight died in clashes in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. In a Sunday statement, he said 792 people were wounded in both incidents, which spanned Friday and early Saturday.

The Cairo violence took place when pro-Morsi protesters sought to expand their sit-in camp by moving onto a nearby main boulevard, only to be confronted by police and armed civilians. It was the deadliest single outbreak of violence since the military ousted Morsi in a July 3 coup that followed protests in which millions demanded he step down.

Military outlines ultimatum

For Morsi, the clock is ticking a day after the military chief-of-staff General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi warned he had until 5 p.m. local time (1500 UTC) on Wednesday to respond to the “people’s demands” or face an imposed solution.

The military elaborated further on that threat on Tuesday, saying it had drawn up a roadmap for Egypt’s future.

According to the nation’s state news agency, the army has said it is prepared to suspend the Islamist-backed constitution, dissolve the legislature and set up an interim administration headed by the country’s chief justice if Morsi fails to reach a political solution. That would be followed by fresh presidential elections, the report said.

Morsi remains defiant, however, and has not indicated an intention to step down. The president’s spokesman criticized the military’s action early Tuesday, saying in a statement that Morsi was not consulted.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports from the region.

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