Scores killed as Egypt marks war anniversary

Posted: October 24, 2013 in Current Affairs, World Affairs
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At least 51 people were killed in clashes between supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and police in Egypt, as thousands of the military’s supporters marked the anniversary of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.

Loyalists of deposed President Mohamed Morsi, overthrown in a July military coup, tried to converge on Cairo’s Tahrir Square for the anniversary celebrations on Sunday, when police confronted them.

At least 46 people were killed in Cairo and five south of the capital, while another 268 people were wounded across Egypt, a spokesman of the Health Ministry said.

Mostafa Ramadan, an anti-coup protester and student at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, suffered injuries to the head after being hit by a rock and was struck in the hand with birdshot.

“We were walking peacefully in the march from Mohandesseen area, in Giza, when we found police forces waiting for us under the bridge,” he told Al Jazeera’s correspondent, who cannot be named due to security reasons.

“We kept saying we are peaceful, but they cursed us and started firing tear-gas bombs on us and live ammunition,”  Ramadan said.

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