7 killed, 261 wounded in Cairo clashes

“The streets leading to the hospitals are controlled by [anti-Morsi] rioters and thugs who stop cars and passersby and if they find anyone with a beard or they suspect him of being pro-Morsi they assault and kidnap him,” said doctor Ramadan.

7 killed, 261 wounded in Cairo clashes

World Bulletin/News Desk

The Egyptian Health Ministry said seven people were killed and 261 were wounded in separate clashes across the capital Cairo since Monday.

“We have 45 wounded and one dead with a gunshot in the chest,” Bab al-Shaaria Hospital Director Medhat Ramadan told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday.

Unknown gunmen had attacked Morsi supporters who were marching through the central Cairo district of Bab al-Shaaria.

“The streets leading to the hospitals are controlled by rioters and thugs who stop cars and passersby and if they find anyone with a beard or they suspect him of being pro-Morsi they assault and kidnap him,” said the doctor.

“The last group of wounded people came with a police officer who said they were wanted, even though they had serious injuries to the chest, stomach, hands and legs.”

Supporters of deposed Morsi accused security forces of opening fire and firing tear gas at them while they were performing prayer in Ramses square.

Thousands of Morsi loyalists had converged on the vital Ramses square in downtown Cairo Monday to demand his return to office.

They also blocked the 6 October Bridge, a main artery in the Egyptian capital, chanting slogans against Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Sisi announced a roadmap for post-Morsi on July 3, suspending the constitution and naming the head of the constitution court as interim president.

The move followed days of mass protests nationwide demanding the removal of Egypt's first democratically elected president.

Since then, thousands of Morsi loyalists have taken to the streets across the country to defend the deposed president's democratic legitimacy and demand his return to office.

Last Mod: 16 Temmuz 2013, 12:54
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