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article imageEgyptian 'Yom Kippur War' victory celebrations marred by violence

By Paul Iddon     Oct 6, 2013 in Politics
Forty-four people have been killed in clashes in Egypt during the celebrations marking 40-years since Egypt fought Israel in the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
The Jerusalem Post reports that the clashes began when Egyptians who supported and opposed the ousted Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi had rival demonstrators in order to mark their country's “victory” over Israel in the Yom Kippur War which began with an Egyptian attack on Israeli forces on October 6 1973.
Most of the forty-four killed had gunshot wounds. Muslim Brotherhood supporters had attempted to gather in the Tahrir Square in the center of the country's capital Cairo where the Egyptian Army was holding an almost carnival like celebration.
The Washington Post tells us that the Egyptian police used tear gas to force back stone-hurling demonstrators. They beat and arrested many of them.
ABC News also tells us that street battles went on between police and Morsi supporters for hours. Many of them throwing firebombs at the police who responded in some cases with live fire. They also tell us that pro-military demonstrators clashes with pro-Morsi supporters, both pelting each other with rocks.
October 6 1973 was the day when Egypt caught Israeli forces in the then Israeli-occupied Sinai Peninsula by surprise when Egypt led by President Anwar Sadat launched a massive assault on that territory. Although they were later forced back and ultimately came to a ceasefire with Israel that early phase of the war, which the Egyptian Army initiated, is still commemorated by the Egyptian military.
The Egyptian interim government was said to have considered anyone protesting against the military-backed interim authority today a foreign agent.
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