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A mosque becomes a battlefield in Cairo

Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 01:19

Aug. 17 - Supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi battle with security forces as the move to clear a mosque in Cairo on Saturday. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Anger and defiance inside a mosque in Cairo where supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi sought shelter. They argue as security forces urge them to clear the building. Some opt to leave. An Egyptian officer offers assurances of safe passage. But some stand their ground. Amateur video which can not be independently verified captures the scene of chaos as people flee the mosque. Gun fire is exchanged. Security forces move in to clear the mosque. Egyptian authorities say they had rounded up more than 1,000 Islamists after Friday's protests. There are also reports that the brother of al Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri, was also detained. The health ministry says 173 people died in clashes across Egypt Friday, in what the Brotherhood called a Day of Rage. The Prime Minister called it a "very bad, ugly day." Now the fear is there will be more days like it to come.

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A mosque becomes a battlefield in Cairo

Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 01:19