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Egypt: Violence in the streets

Tuesday 7 January 2014, by siawi3

Thirteen dead in Egyptian protests as Muslim Brotherhood spark clashes in cities across the country in support of ousted Islamist president


• Thirteen killed amid violent clashes between police and Islamist protesters
• Molatov cocktails and rocks hurled amid violence across the country
• A student is among ’unarmed’ protestors who have been shot dead
• Muslim Brotherhood fight against removal of President Mohammed Morsi
• ’Terrorist’ organisation has been target of government smear campaigns
• Referendum over new ’secular’ constitution to take place this month

PUBLISHED: 18:51 GMT, 3 January 2014 | UPDATED: 15:02 GMT, 4 January 2014

Thirteen people have been killed in violent clashes between riot police and Islamist protestors in Egypt today after the Muslim Brotherhood renewed calls to support the country’s former president.
Heavily populated residential areas across the country were struck by violence as rocks, tear gas and Molotov cocktails were hurled back and forth between police forces and demonstrators.
Cairo, Giza, Ismailia and Alexandria were among the worst affected, where security forces launched water cannons on the protesting crowds

Protestors set fire to police vehicles and tires today in Maadi in the most recent conflict between protestors and officials since the removal of president Mohamed Morsi

In the Cairo district of Nasr City, riot police in bulletproof vests fired teargas at protesters throwing fireworks and stones.
The Health Ministry said five people were killed in different districts in Cairo, with a source confirming they died from bullet wounds. One of the five was a man who was shot dead by the protesters after he yelled insults at Brotherhood demonstrators marching near his house.
A male protester and a woman were shot dead in the coastal city of Alexandria, medical and security sources said though it was not clear whether the woman was a protester or not.
Two were shot dead by police in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia after a march set off from a mosque after midday prayers while three more, including a student, were shot in the head and chest in Fayoum, Reuters reports.

A Brotherhood-led alliance claimed the death toll had reached 19 on a social media website, though this figure has not been confirmed.
More than 58 people are thought to have been injured in the conflict.
Those in support of the country’s ousted former president, Mohammed Morsi, set fire to cars and threw fireworks at officials who were clad in protective clothing.
More than 100 Brotherhood protestors were arrested carrying homemade grenades and Molotov cocktails according to a statement released by the Interior Ministry.
Today’s violence is the latest outburst since the Islamist leader was ousted by a military coup on July 3.

The political group has changed tactics in light of government crackdown on protests and is relying on more women and student supporters. A civilian carries her child from a bus caught in the violence in Cairo today
The Muslim Brotherhood is the country’s most organised political group, but has seen supporter numbers dwindle since in recent months after the military-backed interim government launched a severe crackdown on protest.
Hundreds of Brotherhood members have been killed and thousands arrested since the crackdown this summer.
The government last week ordered the seizure of hundreds assets belonging to non-governmental groups who they suspected were linked to the Muslin organisation.
The Brotherhood has changed tactics in response, relying on more female and student supporters to lead protests ahead of key events.
The second stage of the former president’s trial over the killing of protesters will take place on January 8.
A referendum over a new, more secular referendum is due to take place on January 14 and 15.
The draft charter is an amended version of the 2012 constitution drawn up by an Islamist-dominated panel under Morsi, which was suspended during the coup.
The Brotherhood has been labelled as a terrorist organisation in recent weeks, and has been accused of having ties to a well known al-Qaeda inspired group called the Champions of Jerusalem.
The group has claimed responsibility for many attacks including a deadly December 24 bombing of a security headquarters in a Nile Delta city.

A referendum over a new, more secular leaning constitution is due to be held in Egypt later this month

Over 100 Muslim Brotherhood protestors have been arrested with homemade grenades and Molotov cocktails in their possession

Minister for Religious Endowments Mohammed Mokhtar Gomaa today warned against supporting calls by protesters to stop paying utility bills to oppose the government, in reference to a Brotherhood-led campaign.
’Those aiming to topple the state are enemies to God and the Prophet’ he said at the Al-Hussein mosque in downtown Cairo.
Three explosions today struck a military and police convoy in the northern Sinai Peninsula, wounding four soldiers.
The explosions, one of which was from a roadside bomb, hit near the town of Sheikh Zuweid, close to the border with the Gaza Strip, said an anonymous security official.

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