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IN PHOTOS: 51 killed, 435 injured in fresh Egypt clashes

Last updated on: July 8, 2013 21:29 IST

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Deadly street violence erupted on Monday between supporters of Egypt's deposed President Mohammed Morsi and soldiers outside the army headquarters in Cairo, killing at least 51 people and injuring over 400 as the standoff escalated between the military-backed new interim government and the Muslim Brotherhood.

"The clashes left at least 51 civilians dead and 435 injured," the ministry of health said in its latest update.

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Image: Members of the Muslim Brotherhood shout slogans in front of army soldiers at Republican Guard headquarters in Nasr City, on Monday.
Photographs: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

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The army arrested over 200 attackers, who were carrying guns, ammunition, and Molotov cocktails, according to the state-run MENA news agency.

The clash took place outside the Republican Guard headquarters, where 61-year-old toppled president is said to have been put "under guard".

The army, in a statement, said "an armed terrorist group tried to storm" the Republican Guard compound and soldiers retaliated by firing.

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Image: Supporters of Mohamed Mursi help a wounded supporter outside the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo.
Photographs: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

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The statement said one army officer was killed and 40 soldiers were injured during the incident.

However, the Muslim Brotherhood contradicted army's statement, saying military opened fired on its supporters, killing several pro-Morsi protesters.

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Image: Members of the Muslim Brotherhood react at Republican Guard headquarters in Nasr City.
Photographs: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

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Egypt's interim administration led by Adli Mansour expressed "deep regret" for those killed in violence. It also formed a judicial committee to investigate the events.

The statement from the presidency stressed that everyone is guaranteed the right to protest, however it called on protesters to remain peaceful and avoid approaching vital institutions and military establishments.

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Image: Members of the Muslim Brotherhood shout slogans in front of army soldiers at Republican Guard headquarters in Nasr City.
Photographs: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

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Meanwhile, the Muslim Brotherhood in a statement called for Morsi's reinstatement and said the Shura Council, the parliament's only operating house that was dissolved last week, was the "solution" to the current turmoil.

"We will not compromise (Morsi's) legitimacy (to complete his presidential term) and will not accept any alternatives," the statement read.

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Image: A member of the Muslim Brotherhood displays spent ammunition after clashes with army in front of Republican Guard headquarters
Photographs: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

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The Brotherhood has called what happened in Egypt a "full military coup" driven by a desire for "controlling power... hidden behind a civil facade."

However, the statement also asserted that the Brotherhood is "confident" that the Egyptian army as a whole did not take part in "this conspiracy" which, the statement claimed, was planned and executed from the top by "military leaders" whom Morsi had trusted.

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Image: A wounded Morsi supporter reacts at a local hospital in Cairo
Photographs: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

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The statement also condemned what it described as "oppressive and terrorist actions" taken against them.

"This will not make us falter and we will continue to stand for our values and rights," the statement read.

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Image: Supporters of Mursi carry the body of a fellow supporter killed in violence outside the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo
Photographs: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters
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Meanwhile, prosecution shutdown the Cairo headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party after police recovered weapons from the building, media report said.

Morsi was toppled by the powerful military on Wednesday and kept under detention along with some senior aides of his Muslim Brotherhood party.

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Image: Members of Muslim Brotherhood shout slogans against army after clashes near Republican Guard headquarters
Photographs: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

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Angry over the incident, Muslim Brotherhood's political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party, called for "an uprising by the great people of Egypt against those trying to steal their revolution with tanks", reports said.

It urged "the international community and international groups and all the free people of the world to intervene to stop further massacres ... and prevent a new Syria."

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Image: Army soldiers stand guard at Republican Guard headquarters after clashes in Nasr City
Photographs: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

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At least 36 people were killed and more than 1,000 wounded in the violence during pro-Morsi protests on Friday. The military has deployed troops in Cairo and other locations.

Supporters and opponents of the ousted president are regularly organising rival demonstrations, with the former demanding Morsi's reinstatement and the latter supporting Morsi's overthrow.

Brotherhood-led National Alliance in Support of Electoral Legitimacy has vowed more protests in support of the deposed president.

 


Image: A member of Muslim Brotherhood reacts at Republican Guard headquarters in Nasr City
Photographs: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

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