April 24, 2014

Scores killed as MOI denies using live shots

Outside Zeinhom morgue crowds wheel in one of the victims of deadly police violence near the Rabaa mosque sit-in Saturday morning. (Photo by Hassan Ibrahim)

CAIRO – Tens of supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi were killed in confrontations with security forces close to the site of a month-long massive sit-in, as the interior minister denies the police had “ever” shot any protesters. According to Al Jazeera, the exact death toll from Saturday’s violence was not immediately clear, the health ministry has put the figure at 60 killed so far, based on the number of bodies received at the morgue. However, doctors at the field hospital in Nasr City, where the pro-Morsi supporters have been gathering at the Rabaah Al-Adaweya Mosque, have put the number as…

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Analysis: Egypt’s Ultimatum

The US has postponed the delivery of F-16 fighter jets in a covert critique of how the Egypt's military has behaved since it ousted President Morsi earlier this month.

BY FARAH HALIME Cairo – The US sent a strong message to Egypt yesterday. Under the Senate’s proposal, funds sent to Egypt will be kept at current levels, but military aid will be divided into four parts with conditions set on it. A key condition is that the Egyptian government holds democratic elections. While $1.55 billion a year is very little compared to the Gulf’s $12 billion splurge earlier this month, and considering Egypt needs roughly $11 billion to $12 billion a year to keep its deficit under control, politically, the aid retains a strong tie to Egypt’s army.  It also prevents the…

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Official: 54 killed in Republican Guard clashes

Screen grab shows army soldiers atop an APC news the Republican Guard building.

CAIRO – A medical source from Egypt’s health ministry said on Wednesday that 54 people were killed and 480 were injured in Monday’s clashes. Violent confrontations erupted between supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi and security forces by the Republican Guard’s headquarters in Cairo on Monday. The source added that no women or children were killed in the clashes, according to the state news agency MENA. He added that 293 of the wounded have been dismissed from the local hospitals where they were admitted for treatment while 187 remain hospitalized. In an interview with Al Jazeera, Mohamed Ibrahim El-Beltagy, a Brotherhood…

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Dozens injured in Sharqiya street fights


CAIRO – Dozens of were injured Thursday in Zagazig city in Sharqiya when supporters and opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood exchanged birdshot and threw rocks at each other. A group of pro-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators gathered to stage marches in several areas to denounce President Mohamed Morsi’s ouster. As some clashed with a group of anti-Morsi protesters, several shop fronts were destroyed and dozens suffered cuts and bruises. Police broke up the fight using teargas and arrested 11 people on charges of instigating violence. Dozens were treated on the spot while 30 were transferred to Zagazig New General Hospital. Source: Aswat…

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Prosecutor Gen. says 36 Brotherhood figures banned from travel

File photo of reinstated Mubarak-era Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud.

CAIRO – Recently reinstated Mubarak-era Prosecutor General Abdel Maguid Mahmoud decided to ban 36 prominent Muslim Brotherhood figures, including ousted president Mohamed Mursi, from travel. Those banned from travel include the Brotherhood’s General Guide Mohamed Badie, his deputy Khairat al-Shater, former speaker Saad al-Katatni, former MPs Mohamed al-Beltagi and Essam Sultan, Essam al-Erian, Tarek al-Zomor, Hazem Abu Ismail, Abul Ela Madi, Abdel Moneim Abdel Maksoud, Mahmoud Ghezlan, Safwat Hegazy and Sobhi Saleh. Abdel Maguid ordered investigating in the presidential palace clashes, the violence at the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters and the Nahda Square, as well as clashes in Alexandria, Matrouh and Minya….

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Opposition alliance says will of people will always prevail

Members of the National Salvation Front, headed by Mohamed El-Baradei.

CAIRO – The National Salvation Front, Egypt’s main opposition alliance, congratulated the nation on Thursday on the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. Egypt’s top army ousted President Mohamed Mursi on Wednesday, responding to the calls of millions who had taken to the streets to voice their opposition to him. The army, along with political and religious forces, delegated the head of the constitutional court as an interim president. He was sworn into office earlier on Thursday. “We confirm our strong belief in the right of all political groups to express their opinions freely, and to form their own political…

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Ex-PA Speaker Katatni sent to Tora prison

Freedom and Justice Party Saad El Katatny.

CAIRO – Former Speaker of the now-dissolved People’s Assembly Saad al-Katatni was sent to Torah Prison on Thursday along with Mohamed Rashad Bayoumi, the deputy of the Brotherhood spiritual guide, reported the state news agency. Katatni, who was also the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party head, and Bayoumi were arrested late on Wednesday after the army’s ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. In similar news, a court ordered the arrest of spiritual guide Mohamed Badie and businessman Khairat al-Shater on Thursday, along with five other senior members, for inciting the killing of Mursi’s opponents by the MB’s headquarters. Egypt’s…

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Egypt army suspends constitution, calls early presidential elections

Screen grab shows Defense Minister Abdel Fattah El Sisi who led the coup against ousted President Morsi on July 3.

CAIRO – Egypt’s top army commander Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Wednesday that the army has agreed with political forces to suspend the constitution and delegate the head of the constitutional court as an honorary president until early presidential elections are held. Sisi added in a televised speech, attended by Azhar Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, head of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church Pope Tawadros ll and Dostour Party head Mohamed ElBaradei, on Wednesday that they have decided on early presidential elections. The head of Egypt’s constitutional court was granted the authority to issue constitutional decrees until a new president is elected. The…

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Forty-six victims of mob sexual assault in Tahrir Sunday

Some 46 reported cases of mob sexual harassment were reported Sunday by support groups. (Photo by Hassan Ibrahim)

BY LEYLA DOSS Cairo – During nationwide mass protests Sunday demanding the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, more than 46 cases of mob sexual assault were reported in Tahrir Square, according to  support initiative Operation Anti-Sexual Assault/Harassment  (Op Anti-SH). The recent cases come on the heels of five others which took place in the iconic square during mass protests on Friday. Traditionally, when crowds swell, the risk of mob sexual assault increases, but the sheer number of attacks Sunday, sent shock waves among activists, who believe that the numbers may have been even higher but were not reported. Jermeen Nasr,…

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Maspero victims remembered

A Pharaonic boat led the procession, bearing the pictures of last year's Maspero massacre.

BY RACHEL ADAMS Cairo Thousands marched in Cairo yesterday to commemorate last year’s Maspero massacre, when 27 mostly Coptic Christians were killed in the worst night of violence since Hosni Mubarak was ousted only months before. The memorial demonstration organised by the Maspero Youth Union (a Coptic group) was a mock funeral procession which began at Rod El Farag metro station in Shubra and ended at Maspero. “We haven’t forgotten them [the martyrs],” said Father Mathias Minkarious at the beginning of the march. “We have forgiven everyone but justice must be served, so we ask the presidency and the government…

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