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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Calls for More Rallies After Bloodshed

An woman with blood on her clothes screams during clashes between security forces and supporters of Egypt's ousted President Morsi in Ramses Square, in downtown Cairo, Aug. 16, 2013.
An woman with blood on her clothes screams during clashes between security forces and supporters of Egypt's ousted President Morsi in Ramses Square, in downtown Cairo, Aug. 16, 2013.
Edward Yeranian
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood says it will continue holding defiant protests, following violent clashes that killed about 100 people on Friday.

Brotherhood officials are urging the group's supporters to march in the coming days until ousted president Mohamed Morsi is reinstated.

On Friday, chaos descended on Egypt and its capital, Cairo, where Morsi supporters emerged from midday prayers to hold a "Day of Rage."

Health officials said most of the victims died in and around Cairo's Ramses Square.  Witnesses said they saw many bodies laid out in mosques that have become makeshift morgues.  Several policemen were among the dead.

Clashes also were reported in Alexandria, Fayoum, Suez, Ismailia, Tanta and El Arish. 

Scattered clashes and skirmishes between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and police broke out Friday after thousands of supporters of the group marched in several locations across Egypt.

Fierce fighting between demonstrators and military forces in Cairo's Ramses Square has left dozens of people dead. Military helicopters hovered overhead. Witnesses told al-Jazerra television that there was firing from the helicopters on demonstrators in the square.

Near Ramses Square, fire engulfed the building that houses a construction company. It was not clear how the fire started.

The office of Egypt's interim president said he would hold a news conference on Saturday to talk about the latest developments.

Arab satellite channels showed Brotherhood supporters firing automatic weapons at targets beneath a main bridge in the Cairo district of Zamalek. Some witnesses said the protesters were firing at police while others said they were firing at residents of the area.

Retired Egyptian General Hossam Suweillam told al-Arabiya TV that the Brotherhood was “committing acts of terrorism,” saying that it has a “long history of violence.”

  • Armed Egyptian policeman moves into position in front of al-Fath mosque on Ramses Square in Cairo, August 17, 2013.
  • Policemen stand guard inside a room of the al-Fath mosque when supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi exchanged gunfire with security forces inside the mosque in Cairo, Aug.t 17, 2013
  • Anti-Mursi protesters and riot police officers gather outside al-Fath mosque at Ramses Square in Cairo, August 17, 2013.
  • A police officer takes position during clashes with supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi inside a room of al-Fath mosque in Cairo, August 17, 2013.
  • A member of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporter of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi shouts slogans after he is injured in front Azbkya police station during clashes at Ramses Square, Cairo, August 16, 2013.
  • Egyptians lay on the ground after being injured during clashes between security forces and supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi in Ramses Square, Cairo, August 16, 2013.
  • Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi gather in Cairo, August 16, 2013.
  • A supporter of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi shouts slogans during a protest outside Al-Fath Mosque in Ramses Square, Cairo, August 16, 2013.
  • Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi shout slogans and wave Egyptian flags during a protest outside Al-Fath Mosque in Ramses Square, in Cairo, August 16, 2013.
  • Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi carry a coffin, covered with a national flag, of a protester who was killed during Wednesday' clashes in Cairo, August 16, 2013.
  • Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi take part in a protest near Ennour Mosque, Cairo, August 16, 2013.
  • A soldier holds his weapon as he stands on an armored personnel carrier positioned outside the state-run television station in Cairo, August 16, 2013.
  • Egyptian army soldiers take their positions at an entrance to Tahrir Square, Cairo, August 16, 2013.
  • A man who lost relatives in recent violence stands near a list of names of dead members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi at El Eyman mosque in Cairo, August 16, 2013.
  • A man walks through debris from what is left of burned vehicles outside the Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque, Cairo, August 16, 2013.
  • Abandoned shoes and a tea glass, belonging to supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, remain on a wall outside the Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque, Cairo, August 16, 2013.

A top Islamic cleric delivered a Friday prayer sermon on state TV, calling on all Egyptians to eschew violence and for political leaders to sit down at the negotiating table:

He warned Egyptians against sectarian strife and asked them to refrain from bloodshed and of  the taking of innocent lives.

Egyptian state media warned people to stay off the streets in Cairo as an operation to confront what it calls "terrorist elements" unfolds. Witnesses reported hearing crackles of gunfire in several areas of Cairo.

Arab satellite channels reported that at least a dozen police stations were attacked and police and army conscripts were killed in Cairo and several provincial cities.

Heba Morayef, an official with Human Rights Watch, said that the use of live ammunition by police was not acceptable and urged forces to use restraint.

Morayef urged police to take a number of steps to forestall further violence, especially against churches and Egypt's Christian minority, which were reportedly targeted this week by Brotherhood mobs.

“The other thing we want to see from the police is effective intervention to protect churches because over the last few days more than 30 churches were attacked around the country. And that is a clear obligation on the part of the police. They could have predicted that this would happen, that there would be a sectarian backlash in particular after weeks of sectarian discourse on the part of the Muslim Brotherhood and their supporters from the two sit-ins,” he said.

An Egyptian satellite channel showed images of a church in Cairo's Shubra district being torched Friday evening, after a government curfew was to have gone into effect. There were no indications that the unrest would subside despite the curfew.

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by: Abdullah from: Afghanistan
August 16, 2013 10:26 AM
Is this the democracy that you were calling. The person who elected by legal election , the person who got 52% of vote entire egypt , the person whose son has 100$ dolar salary , the person who was living in rental home that person was ousted by army , by puppet army . Up to now thousands of civiliance killed where is the human right .
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by: ayoub from: morocco
August 16, 2013 4:57 PM
ali baba you don't understand arabic, i think that the reason why you say this racist words.
first in islam say us to live in peace, and all what is said in rabia al adawiya square is to don't touch any policeman and they repeated "silmia" that mean "peace"
second do you think Sissi and the interim president are elected by democratic process.
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by: ali baba from: new york
August 16, 2013 1:00 PM
First moersi is not elected by democratic process as you claimed . he was elected by fraud . the Muslim brotherhood take advantage of illiterate people. They took them like a sheep to election site.

Second no democracy can work in Islamic world. democracy can not match with Islam.

Third .it is the people words to let him go. he has to peacefully like Mubarak. like king Farouq and let people try to fix the mess he created. he and Muslim brotherhood made the bad decision to revolt and protest. they were killed because they attack the police. they burnt churches and want set the country into flame for the sake of radical Islam. Egypt is not Afghisstan.

by: Michael from: USA
August 16, 2013 7:38 AM
1) Difficult to believe Egypt is so polarized
2) Reject skepticism
3) Provide for emergency needs

by: ali baba from: new york
August 15, 2013 8:22 PM
The Gov. did the right thing. no body should feel sorry about them including Obama .they had plenty of time to go home and save their lives ,but they insisted to fight . now they cry for losing lives. they have to blame their leaders whom put the lives of supports at risk for their political agenda. their aim is unrealistic .morsi will not return to power. people are fed up from them .they have to understand .they refuse to understand to destroy the whole country. .American support on them based on false assumption. .the false assumption that many like them but in fact nobody like them
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by: truth_teller from: usa
August 17, 2013 12:42 AM
we can clearly see in the media how brutal the military is. how they don't care for protestors lives. Egyptian pharaoh military may have media in control in Egypt and world too to majority of extent still world knows what is happening.
from Indonesia to America everyone knows military is culprit. and is trying to distract attention by burning churches and blaming MB for it.
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by: Adams from: Ghana
August 16, 2013 10:48 AM
You see Ali Baba, You are talking out of ignorance and ignorance they say is a disease...Do you support that innocent people should be killed just because they are demonstrating? tell me if you have even seen a photo or a television footage showing any protester with a weapon?? Do not just sit in your comfort zone and write anything at all because is today that you see is not you but it can be you tomorrow..Have a good day!

by: Paul from: China
August 15, 2013 6:37 PM
Egypt's experience tells the world that Arabs do not deserve democracy. What the Brotherhood really want is a Islamic caliphate, an Iranian style religious republic. The problem is that the military can not accept that. Some brotherhood protesters even claim that democracy and secularism are incompatible. Poor Egypt, this crackdown will leave a big wound for both sides for the foreseeable future.
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by: Lemon Tree from: Korea
August 18, 2013 7:49 AM
I completely agree!
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by: Lanz from: London
August 16, 2013 7:30 PM
I completely agree
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by: Godwin from: Nigeria
August 16, 2013 10:30 AM
Paul from China, you really said it all; "Poor Egypt..." Poor Egypt, still sleeping in the medieval and waking up in modernity. How do they marry what is happening around them? Democracy is for the few who have lived or schooled outside of the country. Modernity looks and sounds like a joke to them, a fantasy, a dream that does not seem realistic. Well, they will wake up to see that the world has changed for good. Poor Egyptians!
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