Egypt crisis leaves more than 600 dead; Muslim Brotherhood shows bold opposition, plans marches
Cairo: Following the military’s bloodiest crackdown on supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi that killed 578 and attracted international censure, fresh protests erupted across Egypt, on Thursday, taking the death toll over 600 and leaving many injured.
After witnessing an overnight curfew imposed by the army-backed government, the quiet streets of Cairo witnessed violence as the Morsi supporters vowed to rally to demand his reinstatement.
Media reports stated that the Islamists took to the streets to denounce the police and army crackdown on Wednesday that left at least 578 people dead.
The Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails, said a march was planned later Thursday from the Al-Iman Mosque in the capital to protest the death of their relatives.
The streets were in chaos as the rapid crack of gunshots and burning sting of tear gas filled the air as Egypt's security forces opened fire on pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters in an extended, bloody confrontation.
It was easily the most violent of the three deadly suppressions that have roiled Egypt since Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, was forcibly removed from power by the armed forces six weeks ago, plunging the country into its worst crisis since the ouster of Morsi’s authoritarian predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, in the 2011 revolution.