One killed as Egypt clashes spread

October 4, 2013 | By | Reply More

Oct 04, – Cairo: A supporter of Egypt’s deposed President Mohammad Mursi and his Muslim Brotherhood died of a gunshot wound in clashes near central Cairo on Friday, medical sources said. Clashes erupted in several Egyptian cities on Friday after Mursi supporters took to the streets to demand the end of army-backed rule, in defiance of a security crackdown.

hromedia One killed as Egypt clashes spread arab uprising2An Egyptian army vehicle fired live rounds in the direction of Muslim Brotherhood supporters who had been pushed away from Cairo’s Tahrir Square by security forces, a witness said.

They were acting against several hundred protesters who were chanting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest).

The warning shots succeeded in dispersing the protesters from Abdul Moneim Riad Square, which is close to Tahrir, pushing them back towards nearby Ramses Square.

Riot police fired tear gas and locked down Cairo’s Tahrir Square and several other main streets. Troops sealed off the square with tanks and barbed wire, diverting traffic from the central plaza as thousands of Mursi’s supporters marched there from several districts in the city.

Protesters encircled security forces and army troops guarding the square, prompting other security forces to fire volleys of tear gas to send the demonstrators away.

“Down down with the murderer!” protesters chanted, in reference to Defence Minister and Army Chief General Abdul Fatah Al Sissi, who forced Mursi out of power.

Meanwhile, civilians believed to be supporters of the military engaged in clashes with Mursi supporters that involved firing guns and throwing rocks.

An Associated Press reporter saw protesters pushed away by other Egyptians armed with sticks and bottles who chased them in the streets before the two sides started hurling stones just steps from the Egyptian museum, located at one of the main entrances of the square.

“We will go protest and take all streets possible,” said Mohammad Said, 45, during a march from the Dokki neighbourhood to Tahrir. “We will get in Tahrir at any price.”

Members of the Brotherhood, which has been banned by court order, tried to reach the presidential palace but were turned back by police.

Fighting also erupted in Egypt’s second city Alexandria and two Nile Delta cities.

Egypt has been gripped by political and economic turmoil since army chief General Abdul Fattah Al Sissi overthrew Mursi, the country’s first freely elected president, on July 3 after mass protests against his rule.

Hundreds of people were killed in mid-August when the security forces broke up Brotherhood sit-ins in Cairo. Many of the Brotherhood’s top leaders have been arrested in a bid to decapitate Egypt’s oldest Islamist movement.

Friday’s clashes in Cairo broke out as Mursi supporters tried to enter the centre of Tahrir Square, the rallying point for hundreds of thousands of protesters during the popular uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

The protesters chanted loud slogans calling for the downfall of Sissi and waved Egyptian flags.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat contributed to this report.

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