5 Killed in Egypt Clashes
Five Egyptians have been killed and many others wounded in clashes between Muslim Brotherhood supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and the Egyptian military. Enormous protests rocked Cairo on Friday, with helicopters monitoring the crowds as they chanted, “Where’s Morsi? Where’s Morsi?” According to The New York Times:
Reporters who rushed to the scene heard multiple volleys of gunshots and saw blood on the streets and demonstrators nursing birdshot wounds. Large numbers of soldiers, rifles at the ready, were perched behind sandbagged barricades in front of the Republican Guard barracks believed to be housing the deposed president, Mohamed Morsi.
The protests followed Islamist attacks on Egyptian military in the Sinai Peninsula, killing one and wounding two at a police post on the border with the Palestinian-controlled Gaza Strip. The Gaza Strip is a hotbed of Islamist activity, with the population largely supporting Morsi. The Egyptian military had upped its presence along that border to prevent any action from the Strip.
The African Union has reportedly banned Egypt from any activities associated with it.