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article imageViolence and death renews in Egypt

By Abdul Kuddus     Oct 6, 2013 in World
Cairo - Renewed clashes broke out in Egypt Sunday between security forces and supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi. The clashes left at least 28 people dead and hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters arrested.
“More than 200 members of his Muslim Brotherhood were arrested in Cairo, where 26 of the deaths were reported,” the BBC reported.
The clashes coincided with the October 6 celebration that marks the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War— Egypt’s surprise attack against Israeli forces at the Suez Canal in 1973.
Thousands of Morsi supporters held marches around Cairo, shouting slogans against Egypt’s military chief, Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sissi who ousted Morsi in the July 3 military coup and installed an interim government that triggered widespread death and violence across Egypt.
As the military and its supporters were celebrating in Tahrir Square, thousands of Morsi supporters tried to force their way into the square but were repelled by police who used tear gas and gunfire to disperse the protesters.
The New York Times reported:
“At central locations including a southern entrance to the square, the police fired into the air and lobbed tear gas to push back several pro-Morsi marchers as they approached. Some of the dead however suffered gunshot wounds to the head and chest and the pro-Morsi demonstrators were also lobbing firebombs and firing birdshot at the police.”
Security forces also thwarted attempts by the Brotherhood supporters to march towards Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square, the centre of a huge pro-Morsi protest that was violently dispersed by security forces in August. Protesters also tried to march toward the Itihadiya Presidential Palace but were repelled by security forces, Ahram Online reported.
The violent clashes and renewed violence represent the latest chapter in Egypt’s bloody turmoil since the February 2011 ouster of long-time ruler, Hosni Mubarak.
Since August, Egypt’s interim government backed by the military have reportedly killed more than a thousand Morsi supporters and placed scores under detention, effectively dismantling Egypt’s oldest Islamist group.
The move, human rights group consider as the deadliest political crackdown on Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood in decades.
Morsi and other senior Brotherhood leaders have been imprisoned and face trial. The Brotherhood and its activities have been banned.
Despite the brutal crackdown on the Brotherhood supporters, the outbreak of violence highlights the strength of Islamist opposition movement that the military-led government is trying hard to crush over the past two months.
The continuing death toll, political instability and crime and lawlessness in the streets of Cairo are a serious setback to the government’s efforts to revive Egypt’s plummeting economy. Tourism, a vital sector has been hardest hit.
The BBC reported:
“In a televised address, Prime Minister Hazem Beblawi described it as a critical time for the country and urged Egyptians to stand together, be optimistic about the future."
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