Reacting to last night’s violence, the interim interior minister vowed to disperse the pro-Morsi rallies very soon. Mohammad Ibrahim says they will try to remove the sit-in in Cairo’s Nasr City in a legal manner with minimum losses.
“God willing, it will be broken up in a way that does not cause losses,” Ibrahim said, adding that “But, God permitting, it must end. We hope that they come to their senses … and join their political process.”
“With regards to the timing … to disperse the protesters, there is complete coordination between us and the armed forces,” the minister noted.
In another part of his press conference, Egypt’s interior minister said ousted president, Morsi, is likely to be transferred to the same prison where former dictator Hosni Mubarak is being held. When pressed by journalists as to where Morsi would be taken, Ibrahim said he will mostly likely be held at Torah prison in Cairo.
The interior minister said however that the final decision on where the deposed president would be held is up to the judge investigating his case.
The situation remains tense in Egypt after overnight bloody clashes in the capital Cairo left a large number of people dead. The two sides give conflicting reports of the number of deaths.
Medical sources at a field hospital have put the death toll at 150 with some 5,000 others injured, while the Health Ministry says it has received 38 bodies and around 250 injured people.
The clashes broke out after supporters of the deposed president gathered in Cairo’s Nasr City district– demanding his reinstatement.
The Muslim Brotherhood says security forces attacked the pro-Morsi protestors, shooting them in the head and chest. Reports say most of those injured have sustained wounds in upper parts of their bodies.
A spokesman for the police force has blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for the deadly clashes. He has also denied that security forces used live bullets and said they only used tear gas.
Morsi has been accused of murder and other crimes. The deposed president’s current whereabouts have not been announced. But he is said to be under house arrest at an army facility.