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Fresh violence erupts in Egypt as security forces storm Cairo mosque

Press TV

Violence has erupted in Egypt after security forces stormed a mosque in the capital Cairo to disperse supporters of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi.

On Saturday, Egyptian security forces fired tear gas at protesters holed up inside al-Fath Mosque in Cairo.

Demonstrators inside the mosque said they were afraid of being detained by security forces. The protesters have been holed up inside the mosque since Friday night.

Meanwhile, Egyptian forces detained Salafi leader, Mohamed al-Zawahiri, who is the brother of al-Qaeda head, Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood also announced that a son of its senior leader, Mohammed Badie, known as Ammar was among the dead.

Similar clashes took place in other Egyptian cities as well. According to Egyptian Health Ministry, at least 173 people, including 95 in central Cairo, were killed and 1,330 others wounded in clashes across the North African country on Friday.

The ministry added that the victims included 53 security forces.

On Friday, tens of thousands of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood activists and their supporters across the country took part in what the party called the “Friday of Rage” against the army and its hand-picked government.

This came after Egyptian security forces killed almost 640 people during a crackdown on two pro-Morsi camps — one near the Rabaa al-Adawiya Mosque in Cairo’s Nasr City and a another one at Nahda Square in Giza, on Wednesday.

Egypt has plunged into unrelenting string of violence since General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the head of the Egyptian armed forces, announced on July 3 that Morsi was no longer in office, declaring chief Justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court Adly Mansour as the interim president. The army also suspended the constitution and dissolved the parliament.

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