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Rival groups in Alexandria standoff

Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 01:00

Over a hundred supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi are holed up inside a mosque following deadly clashes in the city of Alexandria. Andrew Raven reports.

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Dozens of soldiers and police officers surround a mosque in Alexandria, Egypt's second-largest city. Barricaded inside - over a hundred supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi. They fled here after clashes with rival protesters left five dead - and now they say they are afraid to come out. The stand-off is the latest episode in what has been a bloody weekend in Egypt. At least 70 Mursi supporters were killed by security forces in Cairo. The deaths come after the country's defence minister announced a crackdown on what he called "violence and terrorism." But pro-Mursi protesters accuse security forces of slaughtering peaceful demonstrators. More than 200 people have been killed since Egypt's army ousted Mursi - the country's first freely-elected president - earlier this month.

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Rival groups in Alexandria standoff

Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 01:00