Violence returns to Cairo as 7 killed in overnight clashes

260 injured,400 arrested over clashes between pro- & anti-Morsi groups

Written by Associated Press | Cairo | Published: July 17, 2013 12:50 am

Clashes overnight between police and supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi left at least seven people dead,authorities said Tuesday,in the latest eruption of political violence on the country’s streets since the military deposed the Islamist leader nearly two weeks ago. The bloodshed,which comes a week after army troops and police killed more than 50 Morsi supporters,made clear the determination of the pro-Morsi camp to resist the new political order and to maintain pressure on the military and the interim administration to offer concessions.

Khaled el-Khateeb,the head of the Health Ministry’s emergency and intensive care department,said another 261 people were injured in the clashes that broke out late Monday and carried on into the early morning hours of Tuesday in four different locations in Cairo.

Egypt’s state news agency said 17 policemen were injured in the violence,and 401 people have been arrested in relation to the clashes.

There was no official word on how the seven people died,but security officials said four of them were killed in clashes between Morsi supporters staging a sit-in near the main Cairo University campus and residents of the area. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity.

The violence erupted after sunset during mass protests by Morsi’s supporters demanding the ousted leader be reinstated. The protest turned violent as police fired volleys of tear gas at pro-Morsi protesters who burned tires,threw rocks and blocked traffic flow on a main roadway running through the heart of the capital.

The Muslim Brotherhood,the Islamist group from which Morsi hails,said police used birdshot and live ammunition. The ousted president’s supporters say he was removed by a military coup that overturned democratic rule. Thousands of them have been staging sit-ins in two different locations in Cairo,one outside the main campus of Cairo University and another outside a mosque in a neighborhood in eastern Cairo that is a Brotherhood stronghold.

In the wake of the coup,the new military-backed administration has moved swiftly against the Brotherhood,detaining several senior leaders over accusations that included inciting violence and killing protesters. Authorities have issued arrest warrants for the group’s leader,Mohammed Badie,and at least 13 other prominent Islamists.

The overnight violence broke out hours after the most senior US official to visit Egypt since Morsi’s ouster concluded a round of talks with the country’s interim leaders. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns said Washington was committed to helping Egypt succeed in its “second chance’’ at democracy.

New Cabinet sworn in

CAIRO: Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour on Tuesday swore in the first Cabinet since the military ousted Mohammed Morsi,giving members of the country’s liberal movements key positions. The Cabinet includes three women.

The new government is led by Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawy,an economist. Army chief Gen Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi retains his post as Defence Minister and also will serve as first Deputy PM. The Morsi-appointed Interior Minister,Mohammed Ibrahim,remains in his post. Nabil Fahmy,former Egypt ambassador to the US,becomes Foreign Minister. Underlining the relatively liberal outlook of the new government,President Adly Mansour named three women in his Cabinet to lead the powerful Information,Health and Environment ministry. AP

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