Egyptian army parks tanks near Presidential palace

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Egyptian army parks tanks near Presidential palace

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The Egyptian army brought in armour this morning along with troop reinforcements to relieve the seige of the Presidential Palace in Cairo.

Several tanks and personnel carriers cleared the street next to the palace where last night at least five people died in clashes between pro and anti-president camps.

After forcing President Mohammed Morsi to flee on Wednesday the crowds protesting against him clashed with his supporters, and the air thickened with hurled stones. By the early hours of Thursday morning petrol bombs were being exchanged in the streets close to the palace.

Egypt’s health ministry says 350 people were injured in the clashes.

After the tank deployment several hundred Morsi supporters gathered in silent support near the palace, and the surrounding streets were re-opened to vehicles, which had to pick their way through the stone-littered streets.