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Dozens killed in Friday clashes in Cairo

Friday, August 16, 2013 - 00:51

Aug. 16 - Muslim Brotherhood protests plunge into violence across Egypt, with around 50 killed in Cairo alone on a ''Day of Rage'' called by Islamist followers of ousted President Mohamed Mursi. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: About 50 people were killed in protests in Cairo on Friday, security officials said. Thousands of supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi have been staging nationwide protests against a security crackdown on Islamists. The army deployed dozens of armored vehicles on major roads around the capital after Mursi's Brotherhood movement called the demonstrations, and the Interior Ministry said police would use live ammunition against anyone threatening public buildings. The violence followed Wednesday's assault by security forces on two Brotherhood sit-ins in Cairo that left hundreds dead, as security forces tried to end weeks of turbulence following the army's toppling of Mursi on July 3. Signaling his displeasure at the worst bloodshed in Egypt for generations, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday normal cooperation with Cairo could not continue and announced the cancellation of military exercises with Egypt next month. "We deplore violence against civilians. We support universal rights essential to human dignity, including the right to peaceful protest," he said, but stopped short of cutting off the $1.55 billion a year of mostly military U.S. aid to Egypt. The Brotherhood accuses the military of staging a coup when it ousted Mursi. Liberal and youth activists who backed the military saw the move as a positive response to public demands.

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Dozens killed in Friday clashes in Cairo

Friday, August 16, 2013 - 00:51