Has Morsi and The Muslim Brotherhood Done More Harm Than Good In Egypt? In the Last Three Days, Over 700 People Have Died In Violent Riots In Cairo

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Violent clashes leave ‘at least 60’ dead and scores injured across Egypt as Muslim Brotherhood’s ‘march of anger’ meets police firing live ammunition
Over 50 people dead in Egypt after Friday’s protests
Morsi supporters and vigilante residents exchanged fire in Cairo
Thousands of Brotherhood supporters converged on Ramses Square
Attack on Cairo police station saw armed police fire at Morsi men
Gunfire heard over main Cairo overpass and police also fire tear gas
Egyptian army soldiers pictured around capital on armored vehicles
Official death toll from Wednesday’s massacre in Cairo come to 638

By Sara Malm, Michael Seamark and Anthony Bond

PUBLISHED: 17:03 EST, 15 August 2013 | UPDATED: 13:35 EST, 16 August 2013

The death toll of Friday’s violent clashes across Egypt has now risen to at least 60 people, security officials say.

Around 50 people were killed in the capital of Cairo alone, as supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi take part in a ‘Day of Rage’.

Tens of thousands gathered after the Muslim Brotherhood called on its supporters to converge on central Ramses Square to ‘march in anger’ as a response to security forces clearing two sit-in demonstrations Wednesday in clashes that killed 638 people.

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'Day of Rage': Hundreds have been reported injured and around have been 50 killed in today's protests in the Egyptian capital ‘Day of Rage’: Hundreds have been reported injured and around have been 50 killed in today’s protests in the Egyptian capital
Street battle: A Morsi supporter is taken from the crowd after he was injured during a protest outside Al-Fath Mosque in Ramses Square, in CairoStreet battle: A Morsi supporter is taken from the crowd after he was injured during a protest outside Al-Fath Mosque in Ramses Square, in Cairo
Home-made weaponry: Morsi protesters throw rocks, lamps and what appears to be kitchen appliances, near the Four Seasons hotel in Garden City area of CairoHome-made weaponry: Morsi protesters throw rocks, lamps and what appears to be kitchen appliances, near the Four Seasons hotel in Garden City area of Cairo

Twitter user @sarahcarr posted this picture of people jumping off 6 October bridge near a police station after the large crown was trapped by armed policeTwitter user @sarahcarr posted this picture of people jumping off 6 October bridge near a police station after the large crown was trapped by armed police

Today’s protests saw clashes between Morsi supporters and authorities as well as violent street battles with vigilante residents.

Carrying pistols and assault rifles, Cairo locals, furious with the Brotherhood protesters, pelted Brotherhood protesters with rocks and glass bottles.

Witnesses saw the bodies of 27 people, apparently hit by gun and helicopter fire, wrapped in white sheets in a mosque in central Cairo.

A further 12 deaths were reported in northern cities, with five in Egypt’s second city Alexandria.

In Cairo, where violence was heaviest, security forces opened fire from numerous directions when a police station was attacked.

Police violence: Morsi supporters carry an injured demonstrator during clashes outside Azbakeya Police StationPolice violence: Morsi supporters carry an injured demonstrator during clashes outside Azbakeya Police Station
Temporary care: The Al-Fath mosque was turned into a field hospital after armed police opened fire outside Azbakeya Police StationTemporary care: The Al-Fath mosque was turned into a field hospital after armed police opened fire outside Azbakeya Police Station
Residents and protesters: More prominently than during earlier violence, there were street battles between Morsi supporters and vigilante residents rather than policeResidents and protesters: More prominently than during earlier violence, there were street battles between Morsi supporters and vigilante residents rather than police

An eyewitness tweeted an picture of 6 October Bridge near Azbakeya Police Station, close to Ramses Square where hundreds of Morsi men had gathered.

According to Twitter user @Sarahcarr, the protesters were trapped as armed police began firing from behind the crowd and from the police station,. The picture shows protesters jumping off the bridge in order to escape.

Unlike in past clashes between protesters and police, Friday saw residents and possibly police in civilian clothing engaged in the violence.

Police in uniform were nowhere to be seen as residents fired at one another on a bridge that crosses over Zamalek in Cairo, an upmarket island neighbourhood where many foreigners and ambassadors live.

At least 12 people were killed in Ramses Square after protesters clashed with residents in the area, security officials said.

Tawfik Dessouki, a Brotherhood supporter, said he was ready to fight for ‘democracy’ and against the military’s ouster of Morsi.

‘I am here for the blood of the people who died. We didn’t have a revolution to go back to a police and military state again and to be killed by the state,’ he said.

Fury: Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood supporters walk towards Ramses square in Cairo as they take part in a 'march of anger'. Violent clashes have already left 17 people dead Fury: Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood supporters walk towards Ramses square in Cairo as they take part in a ‘march of anger’. Violent clashes have already left 17 people dead

Protesters who support the ousted Egyptian President transport injured people following the clashes in Ramses SquareHurt: Protesters who support the ousted Egyptian President transport injured people following the clashes in Ramses Square

Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood supporters carry a wounded protestor in Cairo's Ramses square Desperate: Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood supporters carry a wounded protestor in Cairo’s Ramses square
Fury: Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Sanaa shout slogans during the rally in protest at the recent violence in EgyptFury: Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Sanaa shout slogans during the rally in protest at the recent violence in Egypt

The nearby Al-Fath mosque, was turned into a field hospital where protesters were taken with apparent gunshot wounds to the head and chest following the attack on Azbakeya Police Station.

Across the country, at least 29 civilians and eight police officers were killed in the clashes, security officials said.

A Health Ministry official speaking on state television said eight people were killed in the city of Dumyat, north of Cairo. Security officials said all the protesters there were killed by live ammunition when they tried to storm police stations.

Also Friday, security officials said assailants detonated explosives on train tracks between Alexandria and the western Mediterranean Sea province of Marsa Matrouh.

There were no injuries and no trains were damaged from the attack, officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

The protests were larger and fiercer than in previous weeks, ignited by the outrage over the deaths of at least 638 people on Wednesday when riot police raided two sit-in protests in Cairo by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

Soldiers blocked access to the landmark Tahrir Square in Cairo, where dozens of anti-Brotherhood protesters have been camped out for weeks. Barbed wire surrounded the area.

Men carried assault rifles on the overpass leading to Ramses Square. An Associated Press reporter there saw one protester wounded by a bullet in the leg.

It comes as Britons have been confined to their hotel grounds in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada.

Smoke rises near Al-Fath Mosque during clashes at Ramses Square Protests: Smoke rises near Al-Fath Mosque during clashes at Ramses Square
Unstable: Protestors run away from tear gas during clashes in Cairo Unstable: Protestors run away from tear gas during clashes in Cairo
Angry: Supporters of Morsi throw stones at a gasoline station that belongs to the Egyptian Army in CairoAngry: Supporters of Morsi throw stones at a gasoline station that belongs to the Egyptian Army in Cairo

Although Germany has advised its nationals not to travel to Egypt, the UK Foreign Office  is saying it is currently not advising against travel to the country’s Red Sea resorts.

Also Friday, security officials said assailants detonated explosives on train tracks between Alexandria and the western Mediterranean Sea province of Marsa Matrouh.

There were no injuries and no trains were damaged from the attack, officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Wednesday’s assault had triggered daylong running battles and deadly clashes between security forces and Morsi’s supporters elsewhere in Egypt. The Interior Ministry later said it authorised the use of deadly force against anyone targeting police and state institutions.

Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous nation, has been sharply polarised since the military removed Morsi from power on July 3, following days of mass protests against him and his Brotherhood group.

Dangerous: Armed men point their guns towards the large crowds belowDangerous: Armed men point their guns towards the large crowds below
Violence: TV cameras captured these men on a rooftop throwing objects at the crowd below Violence: TV cameras captured these men on a rooftop throwing objects at the crowd below

But Morsi’s supporters have remained defiant, demanding the coup be overturned. The international community has urged both sides in Egypt to show restraint and end the turmoil engulfing the nation.

The Brotherhood’s political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party, said in a statement today that the group is not backing down and ‘will continue to mobilise people to take to the streets without resorting to violence and without vandalism.’

The statement said: ‘The struggle to overthrow this illegitimate regime is an obligation, an Islamic, national, moral, and human obligation which we will not steer away from until justice and freedom prevail, and until repression is conquered.’

Separately, the Brotherhood’s supreme guide Mohammed Badie, wanted by police for allegedly inciting violence, warned in a statement Friday that removing Morsi was an attempt for the military to take over and establish a ‘dictatorship’.

The revolutionary and liberal groups that helped topple Morsi have largely stayed away from street rallying in recent weeks.

Worrying: Egypt is bracing itself for more bloodshed and violence today as supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi take part in a 'march of anger' .Worrying: Egypt is bracing itself for more bloodshed and violence today as supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi take part in a ‘march of anger’ . Egyptian army soldiers take their positions on top and next to their armored vehicles
Protests: The Muslim Brotherhood has called on its supporters to gather in mosques for Friday prayers and then converge on central Ramses Square in the capital Cairo. The capital has been described as 'tense' and 'dangerous'Protests: The Muslim Brotherhood has called on its supporters to gather in mosques for Friday prayers and then converge on central Ramses Square in the capital Cairo. The capital has been described as ‘tense’ and ‘dangerous’
Fears: These armored vehicles guard an entrance to Tahrir square, in Cairo today as the country prepares for more bloodshedFears: These armored vehicles guard an entrance to Tahrir square, in Cairo today as the country prepares for more bloodshed
Edgy: Egyptian army soldiers take positions on top of their armored vehicles while guarding a street that leads to Rabaah al-Adawiya mosqueEdgy: Egyptian army soldiers take positions on top of their armored vehicles while guarding a street that leads to Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque

British holidaymakers at Red Sea resorts have been confined to their hotels as Egypt lurches closer to civil war.

More than 40,000 UK tourists are in the strife-torn country, most of them at popular beach destinations such as Sharm El Sheikh.

But as the official death toll from Wednesday’s massacre in Cairo passed 500, the Foreign Office upgraded its travel warning to say that local police have advised tourists to remain within their hotel grounds.

A 24-hour curfew was issued on Wednesday between 7pm and 6am in Sharm el Sheikh and people in Hurghada was also told to stay in their hotels.

After this was lifted yesterday morning, the Foreign Office issued this advice today: ‘In Hurghada on August 14 there were some violent clashes, in an area away from tourist resorts. One man was killed.

‘Hurghada police advised tourists to remain in hotel grounds. We advise you to follow their advice. You are strongly advised to avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings.

Bloodbath: Smoke rises as a tent burns at one of the two sites of the sit-in by the Egyptians supporting ousted president Mohamed Morsi at Nahda square near Cairo University on WednesdayBloodbath: Smoke rises as a tent burns at one of the two sites of the sit-in by the Egyptians supporting ousted president Mohamed Morsi at Nahda square near Cairo University on Wednesday

Wreckage: Soldiers clear debris as people sift through it the day after Egyptian security forces clear two encampments of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo's Nasr CityWreckage: Soldiers clear debris as people sift through it the day after Egyptian security forces clear two encampments of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo’s Nasr City

Response: Egyptian soldiers move near a burnt annex building of Rabaa Adawiya mosque after the clearing of a protest camp around the mosqueResponse: Egyptian soldiers move near a burnt annex building of Rabaa Adawiya mosque after the clearing of a protest camp around the mosque

‘If you become aware of any nearby protests, leave the area immediately. Do not attempt to cross road blocks erected by the security forces or protesters.’

The FCO has also advised against all but essential travel to Egypt, except for the Red Sea resorts. It said that enhanced security measures were in place to protect the resort areas.

Although the resorts are hundreds of miles from the capital, diving trips and excursions have been halted temporarily amid fears that bloody clashes between security forces and supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood will spread.

The Brotherhood says the number of casualties from the attack by the military regime on two camps of protesters is far higher than the official toll of 525 dead and 3,717 injured.

The violence continued yesterday as hundreds of Brotherhood members set fire to a government building near Cairo.

President Barack Obama cancelled US joint military exercises with Egypt and strongly condemned Wednesday’s massacre, when the military regime’s troops opened fire on two camps of Muslim Brotherhood protesters.

Eerie: Egyptians walk among the burned remains of the Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque, in the centre of the largest protest camp of supporters of ousted President Morsi, that was cleared by security forcesEerie: Egyptians walk among the burned remains of the Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque, in the centre of the largest protest camp of supporters of ousted President Morsi, that was cleared by security forces

Tears: Egyptians mourn over the bodies of their relatives in the El-Iman mosque in Nasr City, CairoTears: Egyptians mourn over the bodies of their relatives in the El-Iman mosque in Nasr City, Cairo

Aftermath: Egyptian soldiers and people sift through debris spread out by the Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo's Nasr City, EgyptAftermath: Egyptian soldiers and people sift through debris spread out by the Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo’s Nasr City, Egypt

Mr Obama warned that Egypt had entered a ‘more dangerous path’ but stopped short of suspending $1.3billion in annual US military aid.

‘Our traditional co-operation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets and rights are being rolled back,’ he said.

‘The Egyptian people deserve better than what we’ve seen over the last several days. And to the Egyptian people, let me say: the cycle of violence and escalation needs to stop.’

Britain summoned the Egyptian ambassador to express its ‘deep concern’. The violence in Cairo has triggered a state of emergency and a curfew in several cities.

The Foreign Office says travel advice for Red Sea resorts is unchanged but local authorities in Sharm El Sheikh have temporarily stopped tourist excursions.

‘In Hurghada the police have advised tourists to remain within hotel grounds,’ it adds.

‘We advise British tourists to follow the regulations set by the local authorities and to obey curfews. British tourists should also ensure they keep valid identification with them at all times.’

Soldiers: Suspects are rounded up near an annex building of Rabaa Adawiya mosque after the clearing of a protest camp around the mosque in CairoSoldiers: Suspects are rounded up near an annex building of Rabaa Adawiya mosque after the clearing of a protest camp around the mosque in Cairo
Destruction: Members of the Egyptian Army walk among the smoldering remains of the largest protest camp of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, that was cleared by security forcesDestruction: Members of the Egyptian Army walk among the smoldering remains of the largest protest camp of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, that was cleared by security forces

Ashes: An Egyptian walks amid charred debris of the Nahda sit-in camp, which was destroyed by security forcesAshes: An Egyptian walks amid charred debris of the Nahda sit-in camp, which was destroyed by security forces

UK tour operators Thomson and First Choice have 11,769 British holidaymakers in Egypt, many of them in Sharm el Sheikh.

A spokesman for the two companies said: ‘We are working with the FCO and monitoring the situation closely in Egypt.

‘The majority of our customers are in Sharm el Sheikh which is a considerable distance – indeed, an eight-hour drive – from Cairo. There have been no related incidents in Sharm el Sheikh or any of the other popular Red Sea tourist areas.

‘Like much of Egypt, Sharm el Sheikh was subject to an evening curfew until 6am yesterday morning. This has now been lifted and all our excursions in the Red Sea resorts will resume from today.’

Thomas Cook said the Red Sea resorts were ‘operating as normal, bar an evening curfew in Sharm El Sheikh that was observed on August 14.

Flames: Egyptians against ousted President Morsi burn his poster amid charred debris of the Nahda sit-in campFlames: Egyptians against ousted President Morsi burn his poster amid charred debris of the Nahda sit-in camp

Sadness: Egyptian Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim (centre) and top officers of the army and police, march during a military funeral of policemen killed during Wednesday's clashes in CairoSadness: Egyptian Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim (centre) and top officers of the army and police, march during a military funeral of policemen killed during Wednesday’s clashes in Cairo

Abroad: More than 40,000 UK tourists are in the strife-torn country, most of them at popular beach destinations such as Sharm El Sheikh (file picture)Abroad: More than 40,000 UK tourists are in the strife-torn country, most of them at popular beach destinations such as Sharm El Sheikh (file picture)

‘Our experienced teams on the ground have confirmed that no tourist areas have been further impacted and that our customers continue to enjoy these popular Red Sea resorts.’

The firm added that it has cancelled excursions from the resorts to Cairo, Luxor, Moses Mountain and St Catherine’s Monastery but ‘some excursions for UK customers will be operating again as of August 16 within the perimeter of Sharm El Sheikh.

These include boat and diving excursions, quads and city tours.’

In light of the Foreign Office travel advice, Thomson Cruises has changed its itinerary for an Egypt & the Holy Land voyage on the Thomson Celebration vessel starting next Monday.

‘The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is now advising against all but essential travel to Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor and Suez’

Thomson spokesman

The company said: ‘All customers set to travel on Monday are being proactively contacted by our dedicated customer team and advised of this change.

‘We understand this news will be disappointing for Thomson Cruise customers set to travel on this itinerary, but these circumstances are out of our control and we are doing everything possible to minimise the disruption to customers.’

The violence has left Egypt facing another sharp fall in tourism, which has already suffered a severe decline since the 2011 revolution that toppled President Hosni Mubarak.

ABTA, which represents British estate agents, said: ‘ABTA and our members continue to monitor the situation in Egypt and follow advice from the Foreign Office which states that  the Red Sea resorts have not been affected by the recent demonstrations and remain safe to travel to.

‘As a sensible precaution the Egyptian authorities declared a curfew in Sharm El Sheik between the hours of 7pm and 6am on 14 August, this has subsequently been lifted.’

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