Saturday, August 17, 2013
Muslim Brotherhood calls for another week of protests
(Photo Mosa'ab elShamy)
The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood has called for a week of protests across the country to begin Saturday 17 August following the latest deaths. At least 95 people were killed the day before in Cairo's Ramses Square when security forces fired on protesters trying to stage what they called Day of Rage marches against the military-led government.
Police also arrested more than 1,000 suspected Muslim Brotherhood supporters, including 558 in Cairo alone, on Friday, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi are trapped in a mosque near Cairo's Ramses Square, as military and police forces keep the area surrounded. The Fateh Mosque had been turned into both a morgue and a field hospital by Morsi supporters until the standoff with security forces began.
Also in the rest of the country there were many confrontations. In Alexandria at least 20 people got killed, according to Reuters. Five people were killed and 70 injured in Fayoum in clashes between protesters and security forces, while seven were killed and 30 injured in violent confrontations in front of a police station in Damietta, state-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported. Three people have been killed in Port Said and 64 injured, according to Al-Ahram.
In Ismailia, Al-Ahram reported minor altercations between a Muslim Brotherhood march chanting against the Armed Forces and residents of the area carrying pictures of General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Kafr el-Sheikh and Gharbiya also saw clashes between Brotherhood protesters and police as well as residents. In Gharbiya, four people were killed and 68 injured, according to state TV, while 21 people were arrested in clashes in front of the security directorate.Police also reportedly foiled an attempt to storm the place where Azhar Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb is said to be residing in Luxor, after gunfire was exchanged between both sides.
Two churches were badly damaged in the Upper Egyptian town of Mallawi, in the Minya governorate. Islamists attacked an Evangelical church completely burning it out, while a nearby Catholic church also sustained significant damage.A museum in Mallawi, home to 1,089 antiquities, was attacked and looted on Wednesday. A total of 1,050 of those antiquities, according to Egyptologist Monica Hanna, were stolen. The 49 remaining pieces, too large to move and included sarcophagi, were badly damaged and burnt.
Many Western allies have condemned the way the government handles the protests and the killings, including the US, but Saudi Arabia threw its weight behind the Egyptian government on Friday, accusing the Muslim Brotherhood of trying to destabilise country.
Most international companies have halted their production and closed doors because of the unrest. Among them BP/Shell, General Motors, Electrolux, Suzuki, and Toyota.