Death toll jumps in Egypt violence

Published July 23rd, 2013 - 06:42 GMT
Pro-army supporters chase a bloodied pro-Morsi activist (center) in Cairo on July 22. (AFP / FAYEZ NURELDINE)
Pro-army supporters chase a bloodied pro-Morsi activist (center) in Cairo on July 22. (AFP / FAYEZ NURELDINE)

At least six people have been killed in clashes in Egypt, with some accounts putting the toll as high as 10 dead, according to reports late Tuesday. 

While the reports were conflicting, one thing seemed clear: that Egypt's crisis is not abating. 

Al Arabiya reported that at least 10 people had been killed in Cairo in fights between opponents and supporters of deposed president Mohammad Morsi. Citing a health ministry official, the network said 86 more people had been wounded.

The BBC reported nine people had died in the capital, most near a pro-Morsi gathering near Cairo University. The New York Times said at least six people had been killed, with a total of nine dead in the last 24 hours. 

Morsi's supporters have claimed they came under attack by rooftop snipers, according to the BBC. Reports said that pro-Morsi activists claimed security forces were actively attacking them, or shielding their assailants. 

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