A Friday of rage and bloodshed in Egypt

Friday marked one of the most violent days in Cairo's history. Photo: Chaos in Cairo (AP)

CAIRO, August 18, 2013 —  Violent and deadly clashes erupted again on Friday  August 16, 2013 between supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi and security forces in several governorates of Egypt. The violence resulted in protest against the dispersal of the sit-ins which took place 3 days ago and left 600 civilian and security forces dead as well as  4000 injured.

On Thursday 15 August, 2013 the Islamic National Alliance organized numerous marches against the military-backed interim which they called “Friday of rage.” Organizers called on marchers to leave mosques after Friday prayers and head to the centre of Cairo- Tahrir square. When they found that route blocked by army tanks, they detoured to Ramses Square, which is only 10 minutes from Tahrir. The meeting point was El Fatteh mosque where the violent clashes between the protesters and the security forces erupted and resulted in more than 100 dead and several hundreds injured.

At noon on Friday, as violence escalated and spread in different areas, some of the protesters obstructed the 6th of October Bridge, which links Cairo and Giza.

Cairo witnessed some of the worst bloodshed and chaos in its history on Friday. Ramses Square and the central Cairo area were literally transformed into a battlefield, with helicopters hovering all day.  Residents heard automatic gun fire throughout the city.

Militants among the demonstrators sabotaged and torched a major building owned by one of the biggest construction companies, while other militants fired randomly on civilians.

Most shops, restaurants and banks were closed and the majority of the people were staying at home watching the news.

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While the United States and most of Western governments condemn Egypt over the violence, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia supported Egypt. He said, “I call on the honest men of Egypt and the Arab world to stand as one man with one heart in the face of the attempts to destabilise a country that is at the forefront of Arab and Muslim history.”

Meanwhile, supporters of the Army and the security forces in Egypt wrote a statement on their Facebook page known as “In Love of Egypt “saying, “What is happening now in Egypt is an internal matter and we are the people of Egypt commissioned Egyptian Army and police to deal with the elimination of the terrorist group. We will not allow any state whatever to intervene in this matter. Egypt is a sovereign state.”

The Muslim Brotherhood is now calling for a week of protests against the “military coup.”

Interim presidency announced it will hold an international press conference on Saturday at 3 p.m. Cairo time to explain the situation.

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Anwaar Abdalla

Anwaar Abadallah Khalik Ibrahim has her Ph.D. from Ain Shams University (1999, first degree honour) and currently lectures on Civilization and Cultural Affairs for Helwan University.  Dr. Abdalla Kahlik Ibrahim also works as an official coordinator for the cultural exchange program between Helwan Uni and TSU in the USA entitled “Cultural Immersion 2011-2014.”

Additionally, Ms. Abdallah is a member of the Egyptian and Arab women’s writer’s union and the Cairo Women Association.  She is also the translator of several books published by the Ministry of Culture including Shadows on the Grass, Impossible Peace and The Secret Rapture. Dr. Ibrahim is also an accomplished author and essayist in both Arabic and English publications. 


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