Two days after more than 500 people were killed in Egypt during a crackdown on supporters of ousted former president Mohamed Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood protests turned into violent skirmishes that left around 50 dead in Cairo.
On a “Day of Rage” called by supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi, security forces threw tear gas at supporters and witnesses reported police firing at crowds.
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Egypt’s ‘Day of Rage’ turns violent, dozens of protesters killed
Tom Perry and Alexander Dziadosz, Reuters
11:57 a.m. EDT, August 16, 2013
CAIRO (Reuters) – Muslim Brotherhood protests plunged into violence across Egypt on Friday, with around 50 killed in Cairo alone on a “Day of Rage” called by Islamist followers of ousted President Mohamed Mursi to denounce a police crackdown.
Automatic gunfire echoed across Cairo and black smoke billowed from the capital’s huge Ramses Square, a military helicopter hovering low overhead looking down on the chaos.
A Reuters witness saw the bodies of 27 people, apparently hit by gunfire and birdshot, wrapped in white sheets in a mosque. A Reuters photographer said security forces opened fire from numerous directions when a police station was attacked.
At least 20 people died in clashes elsewhere in Egypt.