Egypt crisis: Dozens dead in Egypt ‘day of anger’
At least 60 people have been killed in Egypt, officials say, as protesters loyal to the ousted President Mohammed Morsi clashed with security forces. Most of the reported deaths were in Cairo, but about 25 were elsewhere, including 12 in Nile Delta cities.
Mr Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood said on Friday that there would be a week of daily rallies across Egypt. Two days ago the protesters’ camps were cleared, leaving at least 638 dead and sparking international condemnation. In the wake of Wednesday’s violence, the interior ministry says police have been authorised to use live ammunition “within a legal framework”. A state of emergency is also in force, including a dusk-to-dawn curfew.
Hundreds of people had gathered at a mosque in Cairo’s Ramses square on Friday, after the Muslim Brotherhood, of which Mr Morsi is a member, appealed to its supporters to join a “march of anger”.
The demonstrations took place under the slogan “the people want to topple the coup” – referring to the military’s removal of Mr Morsi in early July.
The protests quickly became violent – the BBC’s Jeremy Bowen says the trigger was when a police station came under fire.
He saw at least 12 bodies brought into a mosque near Ramses Square.