Egypt: Violence continues between Morsi supporters and opponents

Egypt is erupting in violence after the military coup that removed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi from power. Photo: AP

CAIRO, July 6, 2013 — Over the last several days, violent clashes and civil strife erupted in Egypt, resulting in a Total of 30 deaths and over 1139 according to the official statement of the ministry of health.

On Friday July 5 and Saturday July 6, deadly clashes took place in several different governorates, including the Sinai, as supporters of former President Morsi protested to demand his reinstatement. Morsi, who was removed in a military coup last week, is currently under military detention at an unknown location.


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In the Sinai, police stations Islamists targeted police stations, killing seven, and occupied government buildings. The protestors replaced the Egyptian flag with jihadist flags.

Meanwhile, Alexandria witnessed the most violent clashes. In Sidi Gaber- central Alexandria – confrontations between Morsi supporters and the opposition resulted in 17 dead and over 200 injured.

In Cairo, supporters of Morsi tried to storm the Republican Guard headquarters where they say Morsi is being held. According to the Muslim Brotherhood statement, two were killed in the attack and more than 65 were injured.

Mohamed Badei, The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood delivered a speech at Raba El Adawei’s square in Nasr City North of Cairo, challenging the army to return to the country to civilian rule.


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After dark, more violence was reported in Cairo when the two sides continued clashes.

On the bank of the Nile River in Maspero, where the State T.V. is headquartered, more violence between the two sides took place.

Morsi’s supporters are refusing to leave the streets until Morsi is returned to power.

On Thursday July 4th, 2013 Counsellor Adly Mahmoud Mansour head of the Egyptian constitutional court was sworn in as interim president.


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Mohamed El Bardei, one of the leaders of the opposition groups, delivered a speech to T.V. in which he explained that the military takeover was the last painful option for the majority of Egyptians who were dissatisfied with Morsi’s regime.  He added that the intervention of the military was essential to fulfil the demands of the massive indescribable protests which Egypt had witnessed during the last few days. El Baradei said that the Islamist Satellite networks incited violence so there was no other option except to shut them down temporarily.

In Tahrir square, demonstrators gathered to chant against Obama and his administration. They blamed Obama for supporting terrorism and the Muslim Brotherhood. They also urged the interim government to boycott Obama’s administration.

Egyptians breathed a sigh of relief when the tension abated late today, but they fear a return of violence as tensions remain high.

 


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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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