World Bulletin / News Desk
The Egyptian Prosecution decided Monday to remand in custody 72 people arrested in connection with the killings of nearly 88 people in the vicinity of Rab'a al-Adaweya Square on Saturday.
Judicial sources told Anadolu Agency that the prosecution issued arrest warrant for prominent preacher Safwat Hegazi on accusations of incitement to violence and murder and resisting authorities.
The Health Ministry said that 80 people have so far been confirmed dead in the Saturday clashes near Rab'a.
But medics at a field hospital set up in the square say at least 66 supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi were killed and 61 others "clinically dead".
The Muslim Brotherhood accused security forces of opening fire at its unarmed supporters.
But security forces denied using live ammunition against the protesters, insisting they had only used teargas to disperse the crowds.
Ever since his ouster by the military on July 3, Morsi supporters have been staging daily mass demonstrations and sit-ins nationwide demanding his reinstatement.
The two biggest sit-ins have been staged in Rab'a al-Adaweya Square in eastern Cairo and Nahda Square in Giza.