The Associated Press reported the revised death toll, citing the health ministry.
A court on Sunday ordered that 63 people be detained in connection with the previous day’s violence, Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper reported. The Muslim Brotherhood said that anti-Morsi residents had sparred with pro-Morsi protesters in the coastal city of Port Said during a funeral procession on Sunday morning.
State television reported that the committee tasked by the interim government with drafting articles for a new constitution had begun its work, having received roughly 400 amendment recommendations from various political and rights groups.
The overnight violence came a day after prosecutors said they were investigating the former president on allegations of espionage and murder, and millions took to the streets to heed the military’s call for Egyptians to give the armed forces the popular “mandate” to combat “terrorism.”
The Muslim Brotherhood, which supports Morsi, put the toll higher than the state’s account, saying that at least 120 people were killed and thousands were injured when police and plainclothes men opened fire with live ammunition and tear gas on demonstrators who had expanded their protest onto two major highways.
Morsi’s supporters said the military appeared intent on shooting them into submission — or even wiping them off the country’s political map, as judicial authorities leaked further allegations against Muslim Brotherhood leaders to local media.
But the overnight violence did little to clear the sprawling tent city of Morsi supporters in eastern Cairo’s Nasser City district, where many have camped for nearly a month. Demonstrators said Saturday they would stay put until Morsi resumed power, although many also said they anticipated further violence in the days ahead.
“You have people with a cause that they are unwilling to compromise on. The army’s backs are against the wall. The Islamists’ backs are against the wall. And it’s a standoff,” said Mohamed Soltan, an Egyptian American serving as a spokesman for the Brotherhood-led Anti-Coup, Pro-Democracy movement.
The political crisis was quickly moving beyond the point of negotiations and reconciliation between the ruling generals and the ousted leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, Soltan said. The Muslim Brotherhood, he said, was losing control of its followers, who had grown increasingly angry.
“Whether the leadership negotiates or not, there’s blood on the ground,” he said. And to most people, “the leadership doesn’t matter anymore.”