Roundup of today's news
Here is a summary of headlines from some of the day’s major developments.
- Fierce clashes erupted across the country 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. According to the latest report from Associated Press, the death toll from Friday’s clashes had reached at least 60.
- Throughout the day, the army is said to be have placed tanks around Tahrir Square, blocking all entrances to prevent Brotherhood supporters from gathering there. The Interior Ministry called on all Egyptians to avoid Galaa Square, Ramses Square and the Nile Corniche to allow it to “combat 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.
- The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs defended the military’s decision to storm the pro-Morsi sit-ins on Wednesday, saying, “the Government has no option or alternative…”
- Videos posted online on Friday showed men armed with guns shooting as they walked among protesters on the May 15 bridge and outside the Four Seasons Hotel.
- The European Union’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton asked the organization’s member countries on Friday to consider “appropriate measures” in reaction to violence in Egypt. Senior EU diplomats are scheduled to meet on Monday.