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Egypt: 47 feared dead around the country in bloody clashes on Friday

The carnage continued through Friday,and chances are that it will escalate.

Written by Express News Service | Cairo |
August 16, 2013 7:52:38 pm

Latest reports said at least 27 people were killed in Cairo’s Ramses Square,with another 20 dead in other parts of the country. It is being referred to as the ‘Day of Rage’,following a bloody crackdown on pro-Morsi supporters on Wednesday,which left over 600 dead,confirmed by official reports.

Tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters have taken to the streets in defiance of a military-imposed state of emergency following bloodshed earlier this week.

At least eight people were killed in the Nile Delta province of Dumyat north of Cairo and four people were killed in the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya. The cause of their deaths was not immediately clear. Five persons were killed in Alexandria.

An update received said that in the last 24 hours,24 policemen were killed.

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Violence erupted after protesters took the streets Friday,responding to the Muslim Brotherhood’s call following the deaths of 638 people Wednesday when security officials raided two sit-in protests.

A number of countries summoned the Egyptian emassies in their respective territories to discuss the situation. The situation,as per latest reports,seems grim on the ground. Tourism has also come to a stand-still,various governments issuing warnings to their citizens that it is unsafe to visit Egypt at present time.

(with Reuters and Associated Press inputs)

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