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Fierce clashes erupt across Egypt

Fierce clashes erupted across Egypt on Friday as thousands of supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi took to the streets in the aftermath of government raids on pro-Morsi protest camps that left hundreds dead. Our correspondents Abigail Hauslohner and Liz Sly are reporting from Cairo. Read our report here.

Below, a video posted by Egyptian news Website El Badil shows protesters running away amid heavy gunfire on a street in Giza.

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Protests fill streets in Cairo

The Post’s Abigail Hauslohner writes from Cairo:

Fierce clashes erupted across Egypt on Friday as thousands of supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi took to the streets in the aftermath of government raids on pro-Morsi protest camps that left hundreds dead.

Heavy gunfire echoed through central Cairo and across the Nile, sending protesters and ordinary civilians fleeing down sidestreets and into buildings, as thousands of pro-Morsi protesters streamed across a major bridge into downtown. It was unclear who was firing at who.

Dozens of other protest marches filled streets elsewhere in the capital and in other major cities.

Gunfire on the edge of the major 15th of May bridge across the Nile sent protesters stampeding periodically over the bridge in the late afternoon. Flaming objects that appeared to be Molotov cocktails flew over the crowd, and tear gas drifted through the center of the captial. State television showed a masked man firing an assault rifle from a bridge as he moved amongst pro-Morsi protesters.

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August 16, 9:28 am
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Clashes on October 6 bridge

Sarah Carr, a Cairo-based journalist describes the scene on October 6 bridge, where intense firing is taking place, according to tweets from several other reporters also in the area.

 

 

 

 

 

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August 16, 9:34 am
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Fighting reported in Ramses Square

As reports about gunfire on the May 16 and October 6 bridges continue, there are also clashes taking place between Islamists and security forces in Ramses Square, where thousands of Morsi supporters have gathered to participate in today’s “Day of Rage” protests.

The BBC’s Jeremy Bowen is reporting from the square, where he says people have died.

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August 16, 9:46 am
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Photo: Day of rage

Thousands of supporters of Morsi took to the streets today, urging a “Day of Rage” to denounce this week’s assault by security forces on pro-Morsi protesters that killed hundreds. The army has deployed dozens of armored vehicles on major roads in Cairo, and the Interior Ministry has repeatedly said police will use live ammunition against anyone threatening state installations.

Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi run away from tear gas during clashes in Cairo August 16, 2013. (Reuters)

Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi run away from tear gas during clashes in Cairo August 16, 2013. (Reuters)

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August 16, 9:55 am
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Roundup of events from Thursday, August 16

Here is a summary of headlines from Thursday’s major developments.

- The Associated Press reported that the Egyptian Health Ministry raised the death toll from Wednesday’s violence from 525 to 638. The U.S. State Department warned American citizens to defer travel to Egypt and asked its citizens living in Egypt to leave immediately because of the continuing political and social unrest.

- President Obama canceled a joint military exercise with Egypt –  while leaving more than $1 billion dollars in annual military aid in place –  in a measured response to the government’s violent repression of opposition demonstrations.

- France, Britain and Australia called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the deadly violence in Egypt.

- More than 200 charred and mutilated bodies remain at a mosque in Cairo, uncounted and unacknowledged by the state, according to Reuters, which compared the scene to the “aftermath of a battle from World War One.”

- Protesters stormed a governorate building in Giza and burned it. State TV blamed supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi for the fire. Egypt’s Interior Ministry authorized security forces to use live ammunition against anyone attacking government installations or security forces.

- Egypt shortened the curfew hours imposed on Cairo and 13 other cities. The curfew would go into effect at 9 p.m. and end at 6 a.m. local time.

- Supporters of  Morsi and members of the Muslim Brotherhood called for more protests on Friday.

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August 16, 10:02 am
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Video: Tension grows as protests continue

France 24′s Kathryn Stapley, who is reporting from Cairo, says clashes are ongoing in the Nile delta city of Tanta, in addition to several parts of the capital. Stapley reports that acccording to the Interior Ministry, crowds of Morsi supporters were trying to get to a government building, and the security forces fired tear gas and bird shot to stop them.

Watch her report below:

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August 16, 10:14 am
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Tahrir blocked, clashes in multiple areas

Egyptian news Web site Mada Masr has some updates on Muslim Brotherhood marches in several parts of Egypt that have turned into violent clashes between those supporting Morsi and the security forces. In the latest development, Mada Masr says the Interior Ministry has called on all Egyptians to avoid Galaa Square, Ramses Square and the Nile Corniche to allow it to “combat terrorism.”

Here is a description of events from Azbakiya, where there were reports of gunfire exchanged between the security forces and some of the protesters.

A Mada Masr reporter on the scene said it started when some youths urged others to march towards Boulaq Abou el-Ela, a neighborhood known to be well-armed, near Ramses. Residents there have come into confrontations with pro-Morsi supporters before.

Some youth from the protesters started throwing stones even though others urged them to retreat, after which clashes erupted with residents of the area.

A Mada Masr reporter said, “Protesters who instigated the clashes at Azbakiya station were all youths. They had a yellow and red skull and crossbones flag. The majority of the crowd was urging them to retreat and physically trying to move them but they refused. That’s when civilians joined.”

Some protesters stuck in the gunfire on 6 October Bridge by Azbakiya Police Station had to jump off to escape the bullets. There was shooting seen coming from the station.

State media reported that protesters fired at the Azbakiya Police Station.

A special forces police officer told Mada Masr that the march over May 15 Bridge included some armed protesters who were firing randomly in the air. When they got to Aboul al-Ela, they clashed with residents in the area. They then turned around and went back towards Mohandiseen, where an eyewitness said they were heading towards Sphinx Square, some with visible weapons.

The army is said to be have placed tanks around Tahrir Square, blocking all entrances to prevent Brotherhood supporters from gathering in the Square.

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August 16, 10:46 am
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AP: 17 killed across Egypt today

According to the Associated Press, at least 17 people have been killed during new clashes that erupted on Friday, two days after Egyptian security forces’ attacks on pro-Morsi sit-ins led the killing of at least 638 people.

From AP:

A Health Ministry official speaking on state television said eight people were killed in the city of Dumyat north of Cairo. Security officials said all the protesters there were killed by live ammunition when they tried to storm police stations.

A protester was also killed near Ramses Square, security officials said.

The Interior Ministry said a total of eight policemen had been killed throughout Egypt.

 

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August 16, 10:49 am
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Video: People flee bridge to escape gunfire

A video posted on YouTube shows a number of people climbing down the October 6 bridge in Cairo using a cable to avoid gunfire. (WARNING: Some readers may find this graphic)

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August 16, 10:56 am
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Saudi king backs Egypt action against 'terrorism'

In a brief statement read by a television presenter, Saudi King Abdullah said that his country stands in full support of Egypt against terrorism and accused “outsiders” of trying to destabilize the country by intervening.

Ahmed Al Omran, who runs the Saudi blog Riyadh Bureau, tweeted the king’s statement:

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August 16, 11:14 am
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