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Dozens killed as death toll rises in Cairo clashes

Sunday, October 06, 2013 - 00:51

Oct. 6 - Dozens are killed as supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and deposed President Mursi clash with local residents and police as they attempt to march on Tahrir Square. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The death toll in Egypt has risen to 28 in clashes during protests in Egypt, state news agency MENA quoted the health ministry as saying. Clashes broke out between followers of Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptians who support the military, a reminder that tensions remain deep three months after the army takeover of the Arab world's most populous country. Egyptian authorities had warned on Saturday that anyone who protested against the army during ceremonies marking an attack on Israeli forces during the 1973 war would be regarded as an agent of foreign powers, not an activist. Thousands of members of the Brotherhood, which was recently banned, reached within five city blocks of Tahrir Square - the rallying point for protestors during the revolt that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Police fired tear gas to try and keep them away from the square, where people gathered for celebrations to commemorate an attack on Israeli forces during the 1973 war when Egyptian troops crossed the Suez Canal and brought down fortifications. Riot police also beat protesters who headed towards Tahrir, said a Reuters reporter at the scene. In a show of force, military fighter jets roared overhead. Military helicopters trailing Egyptian flags, as they did during mass protests that lead to Mursi's overthrow, buzzed over the densely populated capital. The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's oldest and most influential Islamist group, has demonstrated repeatedly against the army's overthrow of Mursi. Sisi has promised a political roadmap would bring free and fair elections and stability to Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood has rejected the political transition, saying the army-backed government installed by Sisi is illegitimate.

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Dozens killed as death toll rises in Cairo clashes

Sunday, October 06, 2013 - 00:51