Official: 54 killed in Republican Guard clashes
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 MP, described the incident during dawn prayers after police had stormed the site, as a “massacre”.
The MB version of events claim that at around 3:30 in the morning, army and police forces started firing at sit-in protesters in front of the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo. Morsi-supporters believe that security forces are holding him captive in the Republican Guard building.
A post on the New York Times’ The Lede, includes a video that appears to show how the attack on the protesters started.
A subsequent post shows how photojournalist Ahmed Assem for the MB newspaper Freedom and Justice was killed by an army sniper he killed. According to The Lede
on Wednesday, the victim’s brother said in a telephone interview that the family planned to take legal action against the soldier, whose image was captured on video a split-second before the fatal shot was fired.
Source: Aswat Masriya Al Jazeera.