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Egypt Tensions Run High After Violence

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi walk around makeshift barricades near Cairo's Rabaa el-Adawiya Square July 28, 2013.Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi walk around makeshift barricades near Cairo's Rabaa el-Adawiya Square July 28, 2013.
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Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi walk around makeshift barricades near Cairo's Rabaa el-Adawiya Square July 28, 2013.
Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi walk around makeshift barricades near Cairo's Rabaa el-Adawiya Square July 28, 2013.
Edward Yeranian
Tensions are high in Cairo after shootings on Saturday near a Muslim Brotherhood demonstration ended with at least 74 people dead. Meanwhile, Egypt's Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim told a graduating class of police cadets that the army and police would “respond to the call of the people” and put a stop to violence plaguing the country.

Graduating police cadets cheered Ibrahim as he vowed to accept what he called “the people's mandate” and put an end to chaos and violence. He said the police are ready, willing and able to bring security and stability to the country, and will not allow any ill-willed people to disturb the peace.

Thousands of supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi stood their ground Sunday near Cairo University and in front of the Rabaa el-Adawiya mosque, despite the vow by the interior minister to put an end to the protest, “using all legal means.”

Early Sunday, Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Abdel Rahman el Bar read a message from the group's Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie to Morsi supporters outside the mosque. He said what happened Saturday was an outrage to all that is sacred, and that it is beyond description. He called it a massacre and blamed secular politicians for giving their blessing to the bloodshed.

Egyptian officials say police only fired tear gas and that pro-Morsi marchers were responsible for the violence.

Meanwhile, an Egyptian court ordered the arrests of Badie, Brotherhood spokesman Mohamed al-Beltagy and radical cleric Safwat Hijazi for “inciting violence.” Hijazi was seen in a recent video vowing to “use all means to liberate Morsi," who has been held by the military since his ouster on July 3.

Egyptian state TV accused the Brotherhood of using buildings near their protest camp to stock weapons. Al Arabiya TV also broadcast a video purporting to show Brotherhood supporters firing on police before Saturday's bloodshed. Al-Jazeera TV showed video that it alleged showed police firing on protesters.

Images from Cairo Saturday:

  • Bodies of Morsi supporters killed early Saturday in clashes with security forces are seen in a makeshift morgue in Cairo, July 27, 2013, (Elizabeth Arrott/VOA).
  • A Morsi supporter kisses the body of a woman killed in early morning clashes with security forces at Rabia el-Adawiya mosque in Cairo, July 27 2013, (Elizabeth Arrott/VOA).
  • A sheikh leads mourners in prayers at a makeshift morgue at Rabia el-Adawiya mosque in Cairo, July 27, 2013, (Elizabeth Arrott/VOA).
  • A woman mourns outside the pro-Morsi encampment in Cairo, July 27, 2013, (Elizabeth Arrott/VOA).
  • A boy shows a shotgun shell after clashes between Morsi supporters and security forces in Cairo, July 27, 2013, (Elizabeth Arrott/VOA).
  • A protester vows to carry on a sit-in by Morsi supporters after deadly clashes Saturday in Cairo, July 27, 2013, (Elizabeth Arrott/VOA).

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by: Sani Aliyu Hunkuyi(Mr.) from: Nigeria
July 29, 2013 1:22 PM
With the failure of USA to find solution but aggravating the crisis by supplying F-16 fighter jets to Egypt's military government , the European Union is now our hope in getting the solution to the Egyptian crises. We look forward and pray for historic role to be played by the Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton scheduled to be in Cairo for talks with Egypt's interim leaders, her second visit to the country in a month. I personally like international women of Catherine Ashton status to be made to intervene in crisis situation for the fact that women are likely to be more pathetic in trying to get solution because they know women and girls are particularly worse affected during conflicts and wars.

by: ata from: turkey
July 28, 2013 4:56 PM
Your news is a bit wrong please see coup mass killing. Not 74 peoples dead at least 200 peoples are dead. Where is humanist people where is the democracy? Please support Egypt people for freedom.
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by: aki baba from: new york
July 29, 2013 11:11 AM
Muslim brotherhood is not for democracy .this is a liar. how many people killed on the ten months . several people killed by Muslim brotherhood. people killed in churches. Christian girl are kidnapped and sold as sex slave for Saudi. if Muslim brotherhood kill,l.it is for the sake of god. God ask them to kill. When people respond to their violence. it is murder and a coup

by: jonathan huang from: canada
July 28, 2013 3:21 PM
give thanks to the DEMOCRACY!
where the so called democracy goes, where is chaos, bombing and explosion. Dont you get enough?

by: ali baba from: new york
July 28, 2013 2:12 PM
I blame Muslim brotherhood for the killing .they should protest peacefully but they choose violent and tell liar that is a peaceful protest.it is not peaceful. people has gun .and other deadly force like Molotov cocktail. then they lie and tell it is peaceful

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