36 dead, over 1,000 injured in clashes between Egyptian protesters

Protesters, who are against former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, demonstrate near pro-Mursi supporters, near Tahrir Square in Cairo July 5, 2013. (Reuters / Asmaa Waguih)
Protesters, who are against former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, demonstrate near pro-Mursi supporters, near Tahrir Square in Cairo July 5, 2013. (Reuters / Asmaa Waguih)

Mohammed Sultan, deputy head of Egypt’s national ambulance service said that 36 people were killed on Friday during violent clashes between supporters and opponents of deposed President Morsi. 1,138 more were injured, according to the Health Ministry.

Some of the worst violence was reported in Alexandria, where 14 people lost their lives.

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi (back) clash with anti-Mursi protesters near Maspero, Egypt's state TV and radio station, near Tahrir square in Cairo July 5, 2013. (Reuters / Amr Dalsh)
Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi (back) clash with anti-Mursi protesters near Maspero, Egypt’s state TV and radio station, near Tahrir square in Cairo July 5, 2013. (Reuters / Amr Dalsh)

Tens of thousands of people marched across the country in what the Muslim Brotherhood movement has called a “Friday of Rage”.

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Street battles broke out in at least eight areas of Cairo and in other parts of the country, with some celebrating the fall of the democratically elected leader and others who feared the return of military rule Egypt has struggled to put in the past.

At least three deaths as a result of the most recent clashes near Tahrir Square has been reported.

A car has been set on fire amid a barrage of fireworks put to use as weapons and physical violence between pro- and anti-Morsi protesters. Later reports suggested that further shots and tear gas had been fired.

Protesters cheer upon the arrival of the Egyptian Security Forces during clashes between ousted president Mohammed Morsi supporters and anti Morsi protesters near Egypt's landmark Tahrir square on July 5, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. (AFP Photo / Mohamed El-Shahed)
Protesters cheer upon the arrival of the Egyptian Security Forces during clashes between ousted president Mohammed Morsi supporters and anti Morsi protesters near Egypt’s landmark Tahrir square on July 5, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. (AFP Photo / Mohamed El-Shahed)

Helicopters are flying overhead and ambulances are arriving on the scene according to RT’s Paula Slier. The military are refraining from direct intervention according to witnesses on the scene.

People have been running in a disorientated manner through plumes of thick smoke, with some traffic caught in the middle and lots of small fires being started. Protesters hurled stones from the bridge as the fireworks went off.

Ousted president Mohammed Morsi supporters and anti Morsi protesters hurl stones at each other as they clash near Egypt's landmark Tahrir square on July 5, 2013 in Cairo. (AFP Photo / Mohamed El-Shahed)
Ousted president Mohammed Morsi supporters and anti Morsi protesters hurl stones at each other as they clash near Egypt’s landmark Tahrir square on July 5, 2013 in Cairo. (AFP Photo / Mohamed El-Shahed)

The loud bangs emanating from the fireworks have been interspersed with gunshots, according to eyewitnesses.

A large pro-Morsi crowd had been heading in the direction of the state ‘Maspero’ TV building and gathered outside in the vicinity of anti-Morsi crowds, fueling fears that violent encounter would occur as they edged closer towards the square. Some injuries were reported at the TV station. As protesters later moved towards he bridge, crowds at Maspero thinned out.

Egypt witnessed 10 deaths nationwide on Friday alone, according to Ministry of Health data.

In addition to Friday’s outbreak of violence in the capital, the Sidi Jaber district of Alexandria was badly hit, as pro-Morsi protesters lobbed stones and Molotov cocktails at police cars blocking the streets. A petrol bomb hit a car, leading several people to attempt to quell the flames with water from bottles.

Over the course of the protests, according to Ministry of Health data released on June 30, 62 people had died and more than 2500 have been injured.

Anti-Mursi protesters run during clashes with members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi near Maspero, Egypt's state TV and radio station, near Tahrir square in Cairo July 5, 2013. (Reuters / Amr Dalsh)
Anti-Mursi protesters run during clashes with members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi near Maspero, Egypt’s state TV and radio station, near Tahrir square in Cairo July 5, 2013. (Reuters / Amr Dalsh)

Protesters, who are against former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, demonstrate near pro-Mursi supporters, near Tahrir Square in Cairo July 5, 2013. (Reuters / Asmaa Waguih)
Protesters, who are against former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, demonstrate near pro-Mursi supporters, near Tahrir Square in Cairo July 5, 2013. (Reuters / Asmaa Waguih)

An anti-Mursi protester shows spent shell casings and rubber bullets during clashes with members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi near Maspero, Egypt's state TV and radio station, near Tahrir square in Cairo July 5, 2013. (Reuters / Amr Dalsh)
An anti-Mursi protester shows spent shell casings and rubber bullets during clashes with members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi near Maspero, Egypt’s state TV and radio station, near Tahrir square in Cairo July 5, 2013. (Reuters / Amr Dalsh)

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