Wednesday, August 14, 2013

5 killed in crackdown on Morsy supporters

CAIRO: August 14, 2013(7STARNEWS)Several people were killed in Cairo on Wednesday as Egyptian police began to clear supporters of toppled president Mohamed Morsy from two protest camps.

The state-run news agency MENA quoted a health official as saying five people were killed, far less that the 300 reported by Mr. Morsy's Muslim Brotherhood, which also said some 5,000 were injured.

Security forces said they had cleared protesters from al-Nahda square in the south. They were still clearing the bigger camp in Rabaa al-Adawiya in the north-east of the capital, where Mr. Morsy supporters have been camping to demand their president be reinstated.

"The bullets are raining on demonstrators of Rabaa al-Adawiya from all directions," Brotherhood official Mohammed al-Beltagui told Al Jazeera.

Security forces fired tear gas at protesters, who set tyres on fire and hurled stones. State television said more than 200 people were arrested.

Television footage showed bulldozers clearing up roads blocked by demonstrators. Riot police were seen arresting protesters, some injured. A police helicopter flew over.

Security forces blocked several roads leading to central Cairo to prevent Mr. Morsy\'s supporters from entering the city. Rail services across Egypt were suspended. The Muslim Brotherhood has urged its supporters to take to the streets to block the evacuations.

"This is not an attempt to disperse, but a bloody attempt to crush all voices of opposition to the military coup," Brotherhood spokesman Jihad El-Hadadd tweeted.

"This will not bend our will or break our resolve... We will always stand high in the face of any tyranny."

Soldiers were deployed in central Cairo and outside key state buildings.

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