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At least nine killed in Cairo violence

At least nine people were killed in Cairo on Tuesday in clashes between opponents and supporters Morsi

Written by Reuters | Cairo | Published: July 24, 2013 1:45 am

At least nine people were killed in Cairo on Tuesday in clashes between opponents and Islamist supporters of Egypt’s deposed President Mohammed Morsi,state-run media reported,keeping the most populous Arab nation in turmoil.

The violence broke out before dawn near a Brotherhood protest at Cairo University,where Morsi supporters have been camped out since the army removed the Islamist politician from power on July 3 following protests against his rule.

The Brotherhood described it as an attack on peaceful protesters. Police sources said hundreds of Morsi supporters clashed with local residents,street vendors and others near the sit-in. They said gunshots were fired and stones were thrown.

The state-run Al-Ahram newspaper quoted a health ministry official as saying nine people had been killed and 33 wounded,while two wounded in clashes on Monday had died,bringing to 14 the number of deaths in Cairo violence in the last two days.

At least 15 burned-out cars lay abandoned around the Cairo University area where the clashes took place. Splattered blood and broken glass disfigured the pavements near the shopping area where a traffic police station was set on fire. Brotherhood members with sticks guarded the entrance to the protest site after the clashes calmed,while residents stopped cars on the road to Cairo University to check for weapons.

About 100 people have died in violence since the army deposed Morsi and replaced him with an interim administration led by the Adly Mansour,the head of the constitutional court.

Morsi’s family said on Monday it would sue the army for holding him without charge. The US,which gives Egypt $1.3 billion a year in military aid,has called for Morsi’s release and an end to “all politicised arrests and detentions”.

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