A flurry of deadly incidents this week have touched a raw nerve in the nation’s psyche
Pro-Morsi university students fight police in capital, hours after Sinai bombing kills 11 off duty officers
By Yara Bayoumy
CAIRO | Sun Oct 6, 2013 9:37am EDT
(Reuters) – Thousands of supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi marched through Cairo on Sunday towards Tahrir Square, where pro-army supporters gathered to celebrate the anniversary of an attack on Israeli forces in 1973.
A member of Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood was killed and at least two were wounded when marchers clashed with police in a town 300 km (190 miles) south of Cairo, security and medical sources said.
Egyptian authorities had warned on Saturday that anyone who protested against the army during the October 6 ceremonies would be regarded as an agent of foreign powers, not an activist.
Clashes between Mursi supporters and police broke out in several cities, including Alexandria, Suez and Aswan.
Thousands of members of the Brotherhood, which was recently banned, reached within five city blocks of Tahrir – the rallying point for protestors during the revolt that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
Tens of thousands of pro-Morsi supporters take to the streets in defiant protest; tanks deployed around Capital
CAIRO — Gunfire rang out over a main Cairo overpass and police fired tear gas as clashes broke out after tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters took to the streets Friday across Egypt in defiance of a military-imposed state of emergency following the country’s bloodshed earlier this week.
Fighting first erupted near the Foreign Ministry in the Egyptian capital, according to an Associated Press reporter who saw protesters and people below an overpass throw rocks and bottles at each other. Gunshots rang out during the march. It was not immediately clear who was clashing with whom.
More than 100 people have been killed at a protest by supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in the capital Cairo, doctors say.
BBC – They said more than 1,500 were also hurt. The state health ministry says 38 people died and 180 were injured.
The army ousted Mr Morsi on 3 July. He has been formally accused of murder relating to a 2011 jail outbreak, and of links to the militant group Hamas.
Pro- and anti-Morsi supporters staged huge protests overnight in the capital.
As violence erupts in Cairo, woman attacked by a gang in demonstration recounts her ordeal
She saw them running towards her as she approached Cairo’s Tahrir Square and within seconds she was surrounded.
What followed for Yasmine El-Baramawy was the most terrifying 70 minutes of her life – a prolonged, brutal rape and sexual assault by dozens of men, while a crowd looked on. And did nothing.
‘I felt hands all over my body, as they tore at my clothes like savage animals and tried to pull down my trousers,’ recalls the 30-year-old musician and composer.
Trauma: Yasmine El Baramawy was subjected to a brutal rape in Cairo’s Tahrir Square during the ‘Arab Spring’ in November 2012
More than 100 thugs also beat her with sticks and slashed at her with knives – disgusting, degrading ‘punishment’ because she dared to join the protests against former President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood party.
Yasmine was back in Tahrir Square yesterday – and once again felt that rising sense of panic as vast crowds clashed.
A Coptic Christian priest in Egypt’s Northern Sinai has been shot dead, in what could be the first sectarian attack since the military overthrow of Islamist Mohammed Morsi.
The priest, Mina Aboud Sharween, was attacked in the early afternoon while walking in the Masaeed area in El Arish.
The shooting in the coastal city was one of several attacks believed to be by Islamist insurgents that included firing at four military checkpoints in the region, the sources said.
Saturday’s attacks on checkpoints took place in al-Mahajer and al-Safaa in Rafah, as well as Sheikh Zuwaid and al-Kharouba.
The violence follows attacks in which five police offers were killed in El Arish on Friday.
Mr Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood has fiercely criticised Coptic Pope Tawadros, spiritual leader of Egypt’s eight million Christians, for giving his blessing to the removal of Mr Morsi and attending the announcement by armed forces commander General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi suspending the constitution.
Anarchy took over the streets of Cairo as a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood told supporters to fight on in the wake of a military coup that ousted President Mohammed Morsi and the swearing in of Interim President Adly Mansour.
The promised “Friday of rage” left 30 Egyptians slain in vicious street fighting as the defiant head of the Muslim Brotherhood urged a fight to the death against the military coup.
More than 450 others were injured in clashes between security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi as anarchy reigned in parts of Cairo and across the country.
‘You jerk. Muslim Brotherhoods are killing Egyptians’
America certainly has popularity problems – despite spending billions of dollars – among the nations in the Middle East and north Africa, but it took Wednesday’s uprising in Egypt, in which a Muslim Brotherhood-linked president apparently was taken down, to reveal the full extent of dislike of America’s president, Barack Obama.
“Wake Up America Obama backs Up a Fascist Regime in Egypt,” declared one banner.
“Obama Supports Terrorism,” said another.