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200 Supporters of Morsi Killed, 4500 Injured in the Manassa-Adawiya Massacre, Triggering More Protests, July 27, 2013
July 27, 2013
Egyptian police forces attacked supporters of the ousted President, Muhammed Morsi, killing about 200 and injuring more than 4500 in the areas of Rabi-a Al-Adawiya Square and Unknown Soldier Manassa, on July 26, 2013, according to the website of the Muslim Brotherhood (http://www.ikhwanonline.com/).
The unprecedented massacre in Egypt triggered more protests in Cairo and other Egyptian cities, as reported in the following Arabic and English news stories.
Massacre of pro-Morsi protesters in Cairo, Egypt, July 26, 2013
Massacre of pro-Morsi protesters in Cairo, Egypt, July 26, 2013
Massacre of pro-Morsi protesters in Cairo, Egypt, July 26, 2013
منصة رابعة العدوية:
هناك بلطجية يحاصرون مستشفيي دار الشفاء وسيد جلال التي يعالج فيها بعض المصابين.. استشهاد أيمن الزهيري أمين حزب "الحرية والعدالة" بجنوب سيناء منذ قليل على إثر إصابته في عدوان الشرطة على معتصمي "رابعة العدوية" الليلة الماضية... استمرار توافد المسيرات إلى "رابعة العدوية" احتجاجًا على مجزرة "المنصة"... المستشفى الميداني يعلن إغلاق أبوابه أمام استقبال أي حالات جديدة من مصابي مذبحة النصب التذكاري لنفاد كل الأدوية والتجهيزات ويحولها إلى المستشفيات المجاورة...
المستشفى الميداني: ما يجري أمام النصب التذكاري عملية إبادة جماعية ممنهجة... أكثر من 200 شهيد و4500 مصاب في المجزرة البشعة ضد رافضي الانقلاب العسكري عند النصب التذكاري.. قطع شبكات الاتصال والإنترنت عن محيط رابعة العدوية للتغطية على المجزرة... المستشفى الميداني يناشد الأطباء من جميع التخصصات التوجه إلى رابعة للمساعدة.http://www.ikhwanonline.com/
عشرات الآلاف في مسيرة حاشدة من المهندسين تنديدًا بمجزرة "المنصة"
خرج عشرات الآلاف في
مسيرة حاشدة من مسجد مصطفى محمود بالمهندسين؛ تنديدًا بالمجزرة التي
ارتكبتها شرطة الانقلاب فجر اليوم بطريق النصر أمام جامعة الأزهر، وخلَّفت
أكثر من 200 شهيد معظمهم حالات قنص مباشر في الرأس والصدر والرقبة وأكثر من
5 آلاف مصاب، من المعتصمين السلميين العُزَّل.
الإسكندرية.. عشرات الآلاف يواصلون فعاليات "الفرقان" بالقائد إبراهيم رغم الاعتداءات
[26-07-2013][23:6:36 مكة المكرمة]
واصل عشرات الآلاف من ثوار محافظة الإسكندرية
فعاليات مليونية "الفرقان" لكسر الانقلاب بساحة مسجد القائد إبراهيم عقب
صلاة المغرب بعد هجوم العشرات من البلطجية عليهم، حاملين الأسلحة النارية
والخرطوش والزجاجات الفارغة والأسلحة البيضاء، في محاولةٍ باءت بالفشل لفض
مئات الآلاف في مسيرات ليلية بالمنيا رفضًا للانقلاب العسكري
[27-07-2013][1:9:16 مكة المكرمة]
شارك مئات الآلآف من أبناء المنيا في مسيرات حاشدة
بمدينة المنيا، عقب صلاة التراويح، رفضًا للانقلاب العسكري على الإرادة
الشعبية وللمطالبة بعودة الرئيس محمد مرسي.
Dozens of martyrs and thousands of injuries among Morsi's supporters
[ 27/07/2013 - 12:07 PM ]
The number of martyrs among Morsi's supporters has increased to more than 130, most of them were directly shot in the head, chest and heart, field hospital in Rabaa Al-Adaweya and media reports said.
Al-Jazeera Live Egypt quoted the director of field hospital in Rabaa Al-Adaweya as saying that 130 civilians were killed and 5000 protesters were injured including 200 wounded with live bullets.
Nearly 50 wounded are in real critical condition and were transferred to nearby hospitals, the sources added.
Large demonstrations were organized Friday throughout Egypt in support of Egypt's first freely elected president Mohammed Morsi.
In the same context, the Islamic movement in 1948-occupied Palestinian territories strongly condemned the crimes committed by "Sisi's gangs and thugs" against the legitimacy supporters.
This crime is a disgrace for democracy and liberalism supporters in the world who are involved in Sisi's crimes by their silence, the Islamic movement said.
Injustice will not last forever, the movement brief statement concluded.
Meanwhile, Fat'h movement organized on Friday evening a march in support of the Egyptian Defense Minister Sisi's campaign against Morsi's supporters and in protest against closing down Al-Arabiya and Maan offices in Gaza.
The participants called for granting Sisi the Palestinian citizenship, and accused the Egyptian Brotherhood of dragging Egypt into a civil war.
Fatah movement had repeatedly said that Palestinians should not intervene in Egyptian internal affairs.===================================
Egyptian forces kill dozens of supporters of ousted Islamist
By Tom Perry and Shadia Nasralla
Sat Jul 27, 2013 2:47pm EDT
CAIRO (Reuters) -
Egyptian security forces shot dead dozens of supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi on Saturday, witnesses said, days after the army chief called for a popular mandate to wipe out "violence and terrorism".
Men in helmets and black police fatigues fired on crowds gathered before dawn on the fringes of a round-the-clock sit-in near a mosque in northeast Cairo, Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood movement said.
The bloodshed, near the military parade ground where President Anwar Sadat was assassinated in 1981, plunged the Arab world's most populous country deeper into turmoil following two turbulent years of transition to democracy since veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak was swept from power.
Activists rushed blood-spattered casualties into a makeshift hospital. Some were carried in on planks or blankets. One ashen teenager was laid out on the floor, a bullet hole in his head.
Brotherhood spokesman Ahmed Aref said 66 people had been killed and another 61 were "brain dead" on life support machines. More than 4,000 were treated for the effects of tear gas and gunshot or birdshot wounds, he told reporters.
"Innocent blood was spilled," he said. "We have gone back 10 years."
A Reuters reporter counted 36 bodies at one morgue. The Health Ministry reported a total of 65 dead.
"They are not shooting to wound, they are shooting to kill," another Brotherhood spokesman, Gehad El-Haddad, told Reuters early on Saturday. "The bullet wounds are in the head and chest." Haddad later said the vigil of thousands would continue until Mursi is reinstated.
Egypt's Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim accused the Brotherhood of exaggerating the death toll for political ends and denied that police had opened fire.
Ibrahim said local residents living close to the Rabaa al-Adawia mosque vigil had clashed with protesters in the early hours after they had blocked off a major bridge road. He said that police had used teargas to try to break up the fighting.
Well over 200 people have been killed in violence since the army toppled Mursi on July 3, following huge protests against his year in power. The army denies accusations it staged a coup, saying it intervened to prevent national chaos.
Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians had poured onto the streets on Friday in response to a call by army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for nationwide demonstrations to give him backing to confront the weeks-long wave of violence.
His appeal was seen as a challenge to the Brotherhood, which organized its own rallies on Friday calling for the return of Mursi, who has been held in an undisclosed location since his ousting and faces a raft of charges, including murder.
Ibrahim said Mursi was likely to be transferred shortly to the same Cairo prison where former leader Mubarak is now held.
Leaders of the Brotherhood, a highly organized movement with grassroots support across Egypt, appealed for calm on Saturday, but activists at the Rabaa al-Adawia mosque vigil voiced fury.
"The people want the execution of Sisi," a cleric shouted to the crowd from a stage by the mosque. "The people want the execution of the butcher."
Interior Minister Ibrahim said the pro-Mursi sit-ins would "God willing, soon ... be dealt with" based on a decision by a public prosecutor, who is reviewing complaints from local residents unhappy with the huge encampment on their doorstep.
The head of the Nour Party, the second-biggest Islamist group after the Brotherhood, called for an immediate investigation into what it called a "massacre".
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said she "deeply deplores" Saturday's deaths and urged all sides to halt the violence. Major European powers also weighed in to condemn the blood-letting, but there was no immediate comment from the United States, which provides Egypt with some $1.5 billion dollars of aid a year, mainly military hardware.
Washington has delayed delivery of four F-16 fighters because of the turmoil. However, officials have indicated they do not intend to cut off aid to a country seen as a vital ally and which has a peace deal with neighboring Israel.
Brotherhood backer Qatar, which gave Egypt $7 billion in aid under Mursi, urged an end to the killing. "We call on the parties in Egypt to exercise self-restraint to avert further bloodshed," Al Jazeera television quoted the Qatari Foreign Ministry as saying in a statement.
Witnesses said police first fired rounds of teargas at Brotherhood protesters gathered on a boulevard leading away from the Rabaa mosque, with live shots ringing out soon afterwards.
"There were snipers on the rooftops, I could hear the bullets whizzing past me," said Ahmed el Nashar, 34, a business consultant, choking back his tears.
"Man, people were just dropping."
Dr. Ibtisam Zein, overseeing the Brotherhood morgue, said most of the dead were hit in the head, some between the eyes.
The bodies were wrapped in white sheets and laid on the floor, their names scrawled on the shrouds. A cleaner busily mopped the floor, washing away pools of blood.
Haddad said the Brotherhood remained committed to pursuing peaceful protests, despite Saturday's deaths - the second mass shooting of its supporters this month by security forces, who killed 53 people on July 8.
Brotherhood activists at Rabaa said they would not be cowed and warned of worse bloodshed if the security forces did not back down. "We will stay here until we die, one by one," said Ahmed Ali, 24, helping treat casualties at the field hospital.
The influential Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, head of Egypt's top Islamic institute Al-Azhar, said there would be worse to come without a settlement, in comments carried by the MENA state news agency. "The only alternative to dialogue is destruction," he said.
(Additional reporting by Shadia Nasralla, Yasmine Saleh, Tom Finn, Maggie Fick, Omar Fahmy, Edmund Blair, Michael Georgy and Ahmed Tolba in Cairo, Abdel Rahman Youssef in Alexandria; Writing by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Matt Robinson and David Evans)==================================
Scores dead in clashes, Health Minister confirms
While Egypt's Interior Minister had earlier denied police opened fire on protesters, the Health Minister confirmed the death of at least 65 people, for which the Muslim Brotherhood blame army chief General Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.
By News Wires (text)
France 24, July 27, 2013
Security forces clashed with supporters of Egypt’s ousted president early Saturday, killing at least 65 protesters, the Health Ministry said, in the country’s bloodiest incidence of violence since the military deposed Mohammed Morsi.
In chaotic scenes, pools of blood stained the floor and bodies were lined up under white sheets in a makeshift hospital near the site of the battles in eastern Cairo as doctors struggled to cope with the flood of dozens of wounded.
FRANCE 24's interviews zlad majed, Middle East and Arabic specialist
The extent of the carnage underlined the willingness of police to unleash deadly firepower against any expansion of Islamist-led protests demanding the reinstatement of Morsi. Military-backed authorities are feeling emboldened after millions turned out for nationwide rallies Friday called by the army chief in support of a tough hand against what he called “terrorism.”
Interim Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei, a longtime pro-democracy campaigner who backed the military’s ouster of Morsi, raised one of the few notes of criticism of the bloodshed in the new military-backed leadership.
“I highly condemn the excessive use of force and the fall of victims,” he wrote in a tweet, though he did not directly place blame for the use of force. He added that he is “working very hard and in all directions to end this confrontation in a peaceful manner.” The bloodshed also pointed to the Islamists’ readiness to challenge the security forces as Morsi’s supporters try to win over public support for their cause.
The fighting, which began before dawn and stretched out over several hours, was the deadliest bouts of violence since the military ousted Morsi on July 3 in the wake of massive protests demanding his removal. Soon after Morsi’s fall, more than 50 of his supporters were killed in a similar outbreak of violence outside a headquarters of the Republican Guard.
A leading figure of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed el-Beltagy, blamed the violence on army chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s call for rallies on Friday.
“This is the mandate el-Sissi took last night - to commit massacres and bloodshed against peaceful protesters denouncing the military coup,” el-Beltagy said in a statement on his Facebook page.
The clashes began after a crowd of Morsi supporters late Friday moved out of their main sit-in camp where they have been located for nearly three weeks, in front of the Rabaah al-Adawiyah Mosque.
Some of them installed themselves on a nearby major boulevard, blocking traffic. They began to set up tents there, planning to stay there at least three days, said Mahmoud Zaqzouq, a Brotherhood spokesman. Others went up on a nearby highway overpass, he told The Associated Press.
Police moved in and fired tear gas to break up the crowds at around 2 a.m., and protesters responded with volleys of stones in battles near a memorial to former President Anwar Sadat, who was assassinated in 1981.
Gunshots also rang out, seemingly from both sides, said one witness, Mosa’ab Elshamy, a freelance photographer, though he could not tell who started firing.
Armed residents of the area also joined the police side, and there were also plainclothes police carrying handguns, he said. The security forces “felt a bit more unrestrained than other times,” said Elshamy, who has extensively covered other clashes with police the past two years. “It was clear they had no restraints.”
Ragab Nayel Ali, one of the pro-Morsi protesters, said security forces fired first with tear gas and birdshot. “Protesters replied by hurling rocks and started building walls,” said Ali, who was injured in an accident as he ferried wounded on his motorcycle from the fighting to a field hospital.
At the makeshift clinic set up at the Rabaah al-Adawiya encampment, men shouted “God is great,” and women wailed as bodies were loaded into ambulances to be taken for examination at hospitals. Bodies of more than a dozen men lay on the blood-splattered floor with white sheets over them.
“They aimed at killing the people. They aimed the head and the neck,” said Ahmed Abdullah, a doctor at the field clinic, as he wiped tears from his eyes.
A medical official at a nearby hospital said many of those killed had bullet wounds at chest level or higher. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press.
Health Ministry spokesman Khaled el-Khateeb said that at least 65 people were killed in the violence. Nine more were killed in clashes in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria since Friday, he said. Nationwide, nearly 750 people were wounded in various incidents of violence, 270 of them in the Cairo bloodshed, he said.
A Brotherhood spokesman, Ahmed Aref, told reporters that 66 were killed in the Cairo violence and another 61 were “clinically dead.” He did not further explain their condition, but his comments suggested the official toll could go higher.
The Interior Ministry, which oversees the police force, said in a statement that residents in the district began clashing with the pro-Morsi marchers when their protest blocked a major artery. The ministry said police who intervened were trying to break up the two sides by firing tear gas.
Amr Moussa, a former Arab League chief and presidential candidate who lost to Morsi last year, called on the government to make clear what happened.
“Yesterday, masses went out to the streets against terrorism, violence and bloodshed. Do not forget that,” the secular-leaning Moussa said in a statement.
Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Hani Abdel-Latif said 14 policemen and 37 army troops were wounded in the violence. He said that two of the policemen had gunshot wounds to the head. He claimed that the police only used tear gas against the protesters.
He warned against “following calls for non-peaceful protests.”
It was not clear how troops could have been wounded in the fighting, since the army did not appear to be involved in the fighting. Elshamy said troops’ only involvement he saw was that some fired into the air at one point, causing both police and protesters to back up for a short time.
Interim President Adly Mansour told the private TV station al-Hayat that his government seeks to include everyone, but it will not accept lawlessness, blocked roads and attacks on state institutions.
“I can’t negotiate with anyone who has committed a crime. But those who were duped or those who want to belong to Egyptian society, we welcome them,” he said. But he added: “The state must interfere (against lawlessness) firmly.”
The violence is certain to only further deepen the divides over the military coup that ended Morsi’s one year in office. Millions joined four days of protests that began June 30 demanding Morsi be removed, accusing him of empowering his Brotherhood and failing to resolve the country’s problems.
Many of Morsi’s opponents, including liberals, leftists and moderate Muslim, secular and Christian Egyptians, have now enthusiastically embraced the military after el-Sissi’s removal of Morsi. The military-backed interim leadership has pushed a fast-track transition plan to return to a democratically elected government by early next year.
Morsi’s supporters, meanwhile, reject the new political order, and say the military illegally ousted the country’s first democratically elected leader. They have kept up their sit-in and held near daily rallies elsewhere in the capital to demand Morsi be reinstated.
While the main sit-in has been peaceful, protests elsewhere have repeatedly turned violent, and some 180 people have been killed in clashes nationwide. Each side has accused the other of sparking clashes.
El-Sissi called for Friday’s mass rallies to give the military a mandate to fight “violence and terrorism,” raising speculation that he may be planning a crackdown against the pro-Morsi rallies.
Giant crowds responded to his call Friday, packing main squares in cities around the country, voicing support for a tough hand against Islamists. Morsi supporters also held large rallies Friday, although smaller than those of the pro-military camp.
The rival demonstrations erupted into violence in the Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria that left eight dead.
More than 100 Morsi supporters had taken refuge in a central mosque in Alexandria, and held 17 of their rivals hostage overnight inside to try and fend off a security siege of the building. A security official said the hostages were freed and those inside the mosque arrested. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media
Also on Friday, authorities announced that Morsi was formally placed under investigation on a host of allegations including murder and conspiracy with the Palestinian militant group Hamas. Morsi has been held incommunicado since being taken into military custody on July 3.====================
Egypt army chief urges mass rallies against 'terror'
Egypt's army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday called for mass public rallies that would give him a mandate to fight "terrorism and violence," as ousted president Mohammed Morsi's supporters continued to protest against his removal.
Egypt’s military chief on Wednesday called on his countrymen to hold mass rallies on Friday calling for an end to “violence” and “terrorism” while voicing their support for the army.
General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said a large turnout would give him a “mandate” and an “order” to do “what is necessary” to combat the bloodshed that has killed dozens since the military removed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi three weeks ago.
“Next Friday, all honourable Egyptians must take to the street to give me a mandate and command to end terrorism and violence,” he told a graduation ceremony for a class of military cadets, broadcast on live TV.
“Come out and remind the whole world that you have a will and resolve of your own. Please, shoulder your responsibility with me, your army and the police and show your size and steadfastness in the face of what is going on.”
His speech came hours after a bomb at a police station killed a conscript, according to the interior ministry.
Brotherhood rejects 'threat'
Sisi’s request for a popular mandate comes amid mounting calls on the army and the police to act swiftly to save the country from plunging into civil war.
The coup that ousted Morsi on July 3 followed four days of mass protests by millions of Egyptians demanding that he step down.
The former president was Egypt’s first freely elected leader, but his opponents say he concentrated too much power in his own hands and his Islamist group, the Muslim Brotherhood.
Morsi’s supporters insist he must be reinstated, saying his removal was a coup against democracy.
Essam El-Erian, a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood, branded Sisi's appeal a threat, and vowed that it would not halt protests to back the ousted president.
"Your threat will not prevent millions from continuing to gather," he wrote on Facebook.
Overnight, at least two more people died on the streets of Cairo in protests against Morsi's removal from power.
Their deaths followed nine other fatalities in the capital on Tuesday - bloodshed underscoring the depth of the crisis facing Egypt and the interim government.
(FRANCE 24 with wires)
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