Violent clashes leave 91 dead and scores injured across Egyp Aug 17, 2013 11:26:58 GMT
Post by Focus on Aug 17, 2013 11:26:58 GMT
* Over 90 people dead across Egypt after Friday's protests
* Morsi supporters and vigilante residents exchanged fire in Cairo
* Thousands of Brotherhood supporters converged on Ramses Square
* Attack on Cairo police station saw armed police fire at Morsi men
* Gunfire heard over main Cairo overpass and police also fire tear gas
* Egyptian army soldiers pictured around capital on armored vehicles
* Official death toll from Wednesday's massacre in Cairo come to 638
At least 91 protesters and police were eared dead in Cairo last night as a ‘day of rage’ ended in inevitable bloodshed.
Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi called for fresh demonstrations after more than 600 people were killed when attempts to clear protest camps earlier in the week turned into a massacre.
The fresh violence erupted when tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets after Friday prayers.
Fleeing for their lives : Friday's death toll has now reached 64 across Egypt, including eight police officers
A member of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporter of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shouts slogans after being injured during clashes in front of Azbkya police station
'Day of Rage' : Hundreds have been reported injured and around have been 50 killed in today's protests in the Egyptian capital
Street battle : A Morsi supporter is taken from the crowd after he was injured during a protest outside Al-Fath Mosque in Ramses Square, in Cairo
Home-made weaponry : Morsi protesters throw rocks, lamps and what appears to be kitchen appliances, near the Four Seasons hotel in Garden City area of Cairo
Twitter user @sarahcarr posted this picture of people jumping off 6 October bridge near a police station after the large crown was trapped by armed police
Dozens died when security forces opened fire in Ramses Square, the focal point for demonstrators.
Some marchers heading towards the square jumped from road bridges to escape bullets and clouds of tear gas.
Another 25 demonstrators were killed outside the capital, according to reports, and security officials said 24 policemen had died in the fighting.
David Cameron was due to discuss the crisis by telephone last night with French President Francois Hollande amid urgent calls for EU foreign ministers to meet over the deteriorating situation.
It came as British tour operators came under increasing pressure to suspend holidays to Egypt as governments around Europe started warning their citizens to stay at home.
Police violence : Morsi supporters carry an injured demonstrator during clashes outside Azbakeya Police Station
Temporary care : The Al-Fath mosque was turned into a field hospital after armed police opened fire outside Azbakeya Police Station
Residents and protesters : More prominently than during earlier violence, there were street battles between Morsi supporters and vigilante residents rather than police
Companies such as Thomas Cook are cancelling holidays booked by German customers – but are still flying Britons out to Red Sea resorts such as Sharm el Sheikh because of differing advice issued by the two countries.
The Muslim Brotherhood – the party of the ousted president – called for a ‘Friday of Anger’ in response to the mass killing on Wednesday when security forces cleared protest camps set up after last month’s military coup.
Beforehand the military-backed government had authorized the use of live ammunition, warning anyone attacking the police or official buildings would be dealt with ‘severely’.
Tanks and armoured vehicles blockaded key routes around Cairo and when protesters converged on Ramses Square, police fired tear gas and gunshots echoed around the capital.
In a nearby mosque, transformed into a field hospital, one witness counted at least 35 bodies.
Fury : Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood supporters walk towards Ramses square in Cairo as they take part in a 'march of anger'. Violent clashes have already left 17 people dead
Hurt : Protesters who support the ousted Egyptian President transport injured people following the clashes in Ramses Square
Desperate : Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood supporters carry a wounded protestor in Cairo's Ramses square
Fury : Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Sanaa shout slogans during the rally in protest at the recent violence in Egypt
Graphic footage from inside Egypt Army appear to fire on civilians :
Much of the anger was directed at Egypt’s army commander General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
‘The people want the butcher executed,’ said Mustafa Ibrahim, 37, as he marched with a crowd of several thousand demonstrators.
But the population remains deeply divided, with residents helping the army block access to Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque, the focal point of Wednesday’s bloodbath when at least 638 were killed and thousands injured.
While the capital has seen the worst of violence, there are increasing fears it will spread to popular Red Sea resorts, just an eight-hour drive from Cairo.
More than 40,000 British holidaymakers are in Egypt, predominantly in these resorts.
Germany’s Foreign Ministry advised Germans not to go anywhere in Egypt, prompting Thomas Cook and Tui to suspend all holidays.
Protests : Smoke rises near Al-Fath Mosque during clashes at Ramses Square
Unstable : Protestors run away from tear gas during clashes in Cairo
Angry : Supporters of Morsi throw stones at a gasoline station that belongs to the Egyptian Army in Cairo
Meanwhile in the UK, both Thomas Cook and Thomson, owned by Tui, are continuing to fly out holidaymakers, citing current Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice that it remains safe to do so.
Thomson said: ‘Should FCO advice change we have contingency plans in place and we will act accordingly.’
Thomas Cook said: ‘Further to our FCO’s directive, Thomas Cook UK & Ireland’s booking conditions will remain as normal until such a time as their advisory changes.’
Kuoni yesterday began offering UK holidaymakers worried by the violence refunds or a ‘suitable alternative holiday’.
Tears : Egyptians mourn over the bodies of their relatives in the El-Iman mosque in Nasr City, Cairo
Aftermath : Egyptian soldiers and people sift through debris spread out by the Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo's Nasr City, Egypt.
They promised a 'day of rage' ... from the look of things they got a hell of a lot more than they bargained for!! - Fx