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Egypt tense after night-long clashes
« on: July 06, 2013, 05:07:50 AM »
Via al Jazeera:

A tense calm has descended on Egypt following a night of fierce clashes between supporters and opponents of the ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

At least 30 people were killed and more than 1,000 wounded in the violence that erupted on Friday and continued through the night.

A coalition of conservative groups led by Muslim Brotherhood has vowed further demonstrations on Saturday, raising fears of renewed violence.

The coalition is demanding the restoration of Morsi as the president. He was ousted three days ago in a military coup.

Battle lines remain drawn as anti-Morsi protesters spent the night in Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square, with checkpoints manned by civilians. Pro-Morsi supporters have also vowed to come on to the streets to press their demand.

"The masses will continue their civilised protests and peaceful sit-ins in Cairo until the military coup is reversed and the legitimate president is restored," the Brotherhood-led coalition said in an early morning statement on Saturday.

Meanwhile, a deputy leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, former presidential candidate Khairat El-Shater, has been arrested.

Security sources said on Saturday that Shater, a wealthy businessman seen as the movement's main political strategist, was taken into custody on suspicion of incitement to violence.

More at link including a very short video report.
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