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Clashes btw Islamists, local residents continue across Cairo

July 16, 2013, 5:54 UTC+3

Information suggests that several dozen people, including four police officers, received injuries

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CAIRO, July 17 (Itar-Tass) - A number of districts in Cairo evidenced fierce clashes between Islamists and local residents in the small hours of Tuesday morning.

The data available at the time of reporting spoke about a major incident in the area of Ramses Square where the railway station is located. The residents seized a big number of supporters of the ousted president Mohammed Morsi there and were preparing to hand them over to the police.

Law and order units managed to force the activists of the two opposing camps out of the square and from the automobile overpass located on it, and the disturbances gradually shifted to neighboring streets.

Clashes were also reported from the areas adjoining Cairo University and in some other parts of the megalopolis where proponents of the Moslem Brotherhood organized their marches of protest.

Information suggests that several dozen people, including four police officers, received injuries.

Many participants in the protests were sick from the impact of tear gas that the police had to use to dispel the crowds of Islamists after the latter had blocked several major roads including the circular automobile road.

As dawn was coming closer, the Islamists continued blocking the road leading to Cairo’s international airport. Located in that area are the lodgings of the Presidential Guard where bloody clashes between soldiers and the ‘Moslem brothers’ took place July 8, claiming the lives of 53 people.

Monday night, thousands of supporters of the Moslem Brotherhood heeded the calls of their spiritual gurus and took to the streets in a yet another show of “popular disdain” where they voiced support for the dislodged Mohammed Morsi and against the military coup in Egypt.

As a result, thousands of Islamists who had come to their traditional gathering spot - the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque - moved to different spots of the city and started blocking the streets.



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