Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

7/29/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

More than 120 people killed, many more injured in demonstrations

Pro and anti-government forces in Cairo have clashed with police, leading to a massacre in which at least 120 people have been killed and a 1,000 more suffered injuries. The world community has condemned the incident, calling it the worst violence reported in Egypt since President Hosni Mubarak was forced from office two years ago.   

Altogether, more than 200 people have died in violence since the overthrow of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, including at least nine on Friday, most of them Brotherhood supporters.

Altogether, more than 200 people have died in violence since the overthrow of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, including at least nine on Friday, most of them Brotherhood supporters.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/29/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Cairo, riots, Mohamed Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "I am deeply concerned by recent events in Egypt and condemn the use of force against protesters which has led to the loss of lives. I call on all sides to refrain from violence," United Kingdom Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State William Hague declared. "Now is the time for dialogue, not confrontation."

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted president Mohamed Morsi fighting with opponents to M

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted president Mohamed Morsi fighting with opponents to Morsi in the distance.


Security forces are accused of attacking protesters who had moved out of a mosque and were blocking a main road in east Cairo. Egypt's military-backed government had earlier vowed to sweep away what it called "terrorists."

Relatives mourning outside a field hospital at Rabaa Adawiya mosque on Saturday.

Relatives mourning outside a field hospital at Rabaa Adawiya mosque on Saturday.


Makeshift field hospitals have been swamped with casualties. Television footage showed corpses covered in white shrouds amid pools of blood. "They are not shooting to wound, they are shooting to kill," Muslim Brotherhood's spokesman Gehad El-Haddad says.

Egypt's interior ministry insists that only tear gas had been used, adding that 14 policemen and 37 soldiers had also been injured.


Military-backed authorities were more self-confident after millions turned out for nationwide rallies on Friday called by the army chief.


Hundreds of thousands took to the streets as supporters of the army heeded a call to rally.

Hundreds of thousands took to the streets as supporters of the army heeded a call to rally.


The deaths occurred hours after supporters and opponents of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi staged mass rival rallies across the country.

"Protesters replied by hurling rocks and started building walls,' Ragab Nayel Ali, one of the pro-Morsi protesters, said.  


The fighting is by far the country's bloodiest incidence of violence since the army deposed Mohammed Morsi earlier this month.


Fireworks were let off above the crowds at the presidential palace in Cairo.

Fireworks were let off above the crowds at the presidential palace in Cairo.


Muslim Brotherhood supporters also staged mass counter-rallies, demanding the reinstatement of Morsi, who is currently under investigation on Friday for a raft of crimes -- including murder.

The country's new rulers accused Morsi of conspiring with the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas and plotting to attack police stations, army officers and prisons during the 2011 uprising against former president Hosni Mubarak.


Both the army and the ousted president have thousands of supporters in Egypt.

Both the army and the ousted president have thousands of supporters in Egypt.


Altogether, more than 200 people have died in violence since the overthrow of Morsi, including at least nine on Friday, most of them Brotherhood supporters.

Stones and flowers are laid next to a trail of blood that has splattered across a tiled floor during

Stones and flowers are laid next to a trail of blood that has splattered across a tiled floor during the clashes in the early hours of Saturday.


Haddad claimed that the latest deaths came after police started firing repeated rounds of teargas around 3 a.m. at protesters who had spilled out of the main area of the Rabaa sit-in.

"Through the smog of the gas, the bullets started flying," he said, as "special police forces in black uniforms" were firing live rounds and that snipers shot from the roofs of a university, buildings in the area, and a bridge.


State news agency MENA quoted an unnamed security source as saying that only teargas was used to disperse protesters - and that no firearms were used.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2015
Universal:
That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
Evangelization: That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.



Comments


More Africa

Obianuju Ekeocha: Defending Human Dignity by Defunding Planned Parenthood Watch

Image of

By Obianuju Ekeocha

My country (Nigeria) has worked hard to eradicate completely through laws and societal codes, the dark elements within it that hurt and harmed men, women and children in the centuries past.Today my people bask in both the wonderful splendor of culture and the ... continue reading


Minnesota dentist accused of hunting famous African lion, Cecil, faces extreme backlash from the world Watch

Image of Walt Palmer pictured with previous hunting kill.

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

PETA or the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has stated that the dentist accused of killing the famous lion Cecil in Zimbabwe needs to be "extradited, charged and, preferably, hanged." MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - It has been revealed to the ... continue reading


Kenyan women beat starvation by 'sack farming' Watch

Image of The method has created employment and generated income for both rural and urban dwellers, and has proved to be a good way for farmers to adapt to the effects of climate change, he added.

By Caroline Wambui, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Central Kenya's Nturukuma region is not kind to farmers - its erratic rainfall, desert vegetation and drying riverbeds push most people into making a living through trade rather than agriculture. NTURUKUMA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Jane Kairuthi ... continue reading


Two soldiers injured during a terrorist attack in Algeria Watch

Image of

By Kaci Racelma (Catholic Online)

Algeria continues to pay for its fight against terrorism. After a deadly attack perpetrated in the region of Ain Defla on July 17, against an army patrol, terrorist groups reappeared in the eastern region of Batna on July 27 with an attack against a military barrack. ... continue reading


Algeria holds international conference on stopping radicalization around the world Watch

Image of

By Kaci Racelma (Catholic Online)

Radicalization is a generic phenomenon that plagues all democratic societies. The radicalization of armed groups, that carry out attacks everywhere worldwide, challenges all governments at the highest level. ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) - This perspective was ... continue reading


Malian authorities dismantle terrorist training camp Watch

Image of

By Kaci Racelma

The security situation never seemed better in the sub Saharan region, particularly Mali. ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) - Sometimes when the country's army takes over, it is a good thing; as is the case with the dismantling of a terrorist training camp, last week, ... continue reading


11 Algerian soldiers killed in country's bloodiest terrorist attack Watch

Image of

By Kaci Racelma (Catholic Online)

Friday, July 17, 2015, known as the first day of the Muslim Eid Al-Fitr, celebrated after the end of Ramadan, became one of the bloodiest days in Algeria. ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) - The Algerian army lost at least 11 soldiers in an ambush claimed by Al-Qaeda ... continue reading


Displaced Africans flee to neighboring countries with little - or no prospects Watch

Image of Witnesses from the State Department and international humanitarian organizations testified that social chaos in sub-Saharan Africa has created a full-blown humanitarian crisis.

By Matt Hadro, CNA/EWTN News

Plagued by wars, terrorism, and repressive governments, sub-Saharan Africa is in the throes of a humanitarian crisis that the international community is not ready to address, witnesses testified on Washington, D.C.'s Capitol Hill. Washington D.C. (CNA/EWTN ... continue reading


Kenya plans massive nude march to reject Obama's support for homosexuality during visit Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Kenya plans to hold a unique demonstration on July 22 and 23 for President Barrack Obama's visit. According to Kenya's Republican Liberty Party, the protest intends to rally 5,000 men and women. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Vincent Kidala, the party's ... continue reading


African countries spike up security as terror threats grow toward end of Ramadan Watch

Image of The night life in Algeria is full during Ramadan.

By Kaci Racelma (Catholic Online)

In the opinion of many throughout Algeria, the security policy created by the country's leaders worked well. Terrorist attacks appear to have been avoided, with no recent painful tragedy shaking the country. ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) - During the 1990s ... continue reading


All Africa News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Leviticus 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34-37
1 Yahweh spoke to Moses and said:4 "These ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 81:3-4, 5-6, 10-11
3 blow the trumpet for the new month, for the full ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 13:54-58
54 and, coming to his home town, he taught the people ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 31st, 2015 Image

St. Ignatius Loyola
July 31: St. Ignatius was born in the family castle in Guipzcoa, Spain, ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter