World Bulletin/News Desk
Anadolu Agency correspondent Heba Zakariya and Turkish TRT television network Metin Turan, who were reporting the standoff from inside Fatah Mosque in Cairo's Ramses Square, have been taken to Tora jail in southern Cairo.
"Police told us before leaving the mosque that they would move us in a police vehicle to protect us from thugs outside, but we discovered we were being taken to Tora prison," Zakaria said in a brief phone call with her.
"We have already arrived at the prison," she added before the conversation was abruptly cut.
There was no immediate comment from the Interior Ministry.
Hundreds of protesters, including women and children, had taken refuge in the mosque following clashes between supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and security forces in Ramses Square on Friday.
Later, security forces tightened control over the entire square and besieged Fath Mosque and the nearby Tawheed Mosque.
The protesters feared that they would be attacked by thugs and angry residents if they went out, and decided to stay inside the mosque.
Security forces evacuated the protesters earlier Saturday. It was not immediately clear whether people taken into police vehicles outside the mosque were later freed or continued to be held in detention.
More than 181 people were killed Friday in mass rallies staged by Morsi supporters in several Egyptian cities to protest Wednesday's violent dispersal of their two main protest sites Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya and Giza's Nahda squares on Wednesday.
The Health Ministry said that at least 638 people had been killed in nationwide violence since Wednesday, including 288 in Rabaa and 87 in Nahda.Last Mod: 18 Ağustos 2013, 11:16