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Violent clashes in central Cairo - the first outbreak in a week

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Violent clashes in central Cairo - the first outbreak in a week


Teargas and stone throwing as protesters who called for the reinstatement of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi, clashed with police.

Most of the scuffles happened near or on Cairo’s Sixth of October Bridge over the Nile. It’s not clear what triggered the violence but it’s the first such outbreak in Egypt in a week.

The army warned demonstrators they would act with the utmost severity if they approached military bases, but the patience of the protesters seems to be running thin.

“If our demands are not met by Friday we will escalate the situation by occupying the airport,” said one protester.

“We will not leave the streets even if they kill us we will stay until legitimacy and full rights are restored to President Mursi,” added another.

The clashes came as the first senior US diplomat met with Egypt’s interim president and prime minister.

However both Islamists and their opponents are highly critical of Washington for sitting on the fence over recognising the new political order.

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