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The Muslim Brotherhood said at least one person was killed and hundreds were injured in clashes in the vital Ramses square in downtown Cairo.
“The first martyr was killed by police forces in Ramses Square,” Mohammad al-Beltagi, a senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, told supporters camping out in Rabaa al-Adawiya Mosque in the Cairo district of Nasr City.
Supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi accused security forces of opening fire and firing tear gas at them while they were performing prayer in the vital Ramses square.
Thousands of Morsi loyalists had earlier converged on the square to demand his return to office. They also chanted slogans against Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
The Interior Ministry, for its part, accused Muslim Brotherhood members of blocking main roads and throwing stones at passing cars over the 6 October Bridge.
Mohammad Sultan, the head of the Egyptian Ambulance Authority, told Anadolu Agency that at least 22 people have been wounded, including 19 in Ramses Square.
MB says doesn’t wish to disturb people’s life, but supporters are too many
The Muslim Brotherhood insisted late Monday that it does not wish to disturb people’s lives, arguing that the number of its supporters is just too big for the squares to accommodate.
“We are peaceful people and will remain peaceful no matter how repressive police forces deal with us,” Azzab Mustafa, a senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and its Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), told the Anadolu Agency.
“It’s the coup leaders who are destroying the future of Egypt itself and the entire country should stand against them.”
He argued that the thousands of people now in the streets are not only Muslim Brotherhood members, but ordinary Egyptians.
Thousands of them disrupted traffic on the 6 October Bridge, usually the site of heavy traffic, late Monday bringing the capital to an almost standstill.
They hanged a big poster of the ousted leader on the bridge.
300 Morsi supporters besieged inside mosque in Cairo
Nearly 300 supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi are still being besieged in Cairo’s Fatih Mosque by thugs threatening them with weapons
“We have been trapped inside for nearly two hours now,” Osama Abu al-Hassan told Anadolu Agency over the phone.
“Some thugs are standing outside wielding weapons and threatening us,” he added.
“We can see them through the windows of the mosque,” said Abu al-Hassan.
“We appeal for help and pray for Allah to save us and our women and children,” he said.Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Temmuz 2013, 09:53