At least 34 killed and 80 wounded in Egypt clashes
EGYPT, Cairo : Egyptian Muslim brotherhood and supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi run for cover from tear gas during clashes with riot police along Ramsis street in downtown Cairo, on October 6, 2013 (AFP)
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At least 34 people were killed and more than 80 wounded on Sunday in Egypt between supporters of ousted former President Mohamed Morsi, security and television sources said.
Supporters of Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood were protesting in several cities to show their displeasure of the military’s overthrow of the former president, while thousands celebrated the country’s military victory on the anniversary of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.
Most of those killed had been shot, security sources said, according to Reuters.
The Anti-Coup Alliance, the Pro-Morsi Islamist group led by the Brotherhood has repeatedly called for protests against the military's overthrow of Morsi, but its ability to mobilize large crowds has declined as security forces have detained more than 2,000 Islamists including several top Brotherhood leaders.
“The Egypt Anti-Coup Alliance repeats its call to all Egyptians to continue their protests in every part of Egypt, and to gather in Tahrir Square on Sunday, October 6, to celebrate the army of that victory and its leaders,” the pro-Morsi Islamist group led by the Muslim Brotherhood said Saturday.
Interim President Adly Mansour has also called on Egyptians to take to the streets to commemorate the day. In a televised speech on Saturday he said that authorities will “defeat much-hated terrorism and blind violence with the rule of law that will protect the freedom of citizens and resources.”