Gunmen target anti-Morsi protesters at Cairo palace demo
Masked gunmen wounded several protesters and members of the security forces on Saturday outside Egypt’s Presidential Palace in Cairo in the latest in a series of shootings in Egypt targeting proteters.
Fifteen people were reportedly wounded in the attack at the palace, AP reported, including nine members of the security forces and six protesters.
The attackers also threw molotov cocktails at protesters’ tents. The protesters had staged a sit-in for over a month against President mohammed Morsi’s government, demanding Egypt’s new constitution be shelved.
A vote on the highly controversial new constitution polarized the country passed by 64 percent amid widespread allegations of fraud.
A day after the protest at the palace began on December 4, clashes led to at least 10 deaths when Morsi’s supporters attacked protesters. On December 31, a well-known activist was shot and killed in Tahrir Square.
Morsi's government has been accused of setting up "torture chambres" in the palace to interrogate protesters.
Large protests against the new government are expected on January 25, the two-year anniversary of the start of the 2011 uprising that overthrew former President Hosni Mubarak.