August 15, 2013

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood calls for mass protests

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has called for a mass protest march in Cairo as the death toll from the military’s recent deadly clampdown on supporters of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, surpasses 500.
Thousands of ousted President Mohamed Morsi’s supporters have gathered in Cairo’s Nasr City, calling for Morsi to be reinstated, July 30, 2013.
Thousands of ousted President Mohamed Morsi’s supporters have gathered in Cairo’s Nasr City, calling for Morsi to be reinstated, July 30, 2013.

Senior Brotherhood officials said on Thursday the planned march is to be held in protest to the massacre of people after security forces stormed two protest camps in Cairo.

Meanwhile, people in the city of Alexandria took to the streets to protest against the recent fatal crackdown in the capital.

Egypt’s Health Ministry says at least 525 people were killed and 3,600 injured in Wednesday’s violence.

Over 43 security personnel, including a number of generals and colonels, were among the dead. A funeral was reportedly held for the military personnel killed in the unrest.

However, the Muslim Brotherhood put the death toll far higher, saying more than 2,000 people had died. It has vowed to peacefully defeat the military coup that led to Morsi’s ouster last month.

In a separate development, Egyptian authorities extended Morsi’s detention for another 30 days.

Egyptian authorities have also referred 84 people, including Brotherhood members and supporters, from the city of Suez to military prosecutors. They have been charged with murder and setting churches alight.

The Egyptian army had earlier warned of taking action against the supporters of the ousted president.

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