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Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood continue sit-in after dozens killed by security forces


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Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood continue sit-in after dozens killed by security forces

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood are continuing their sit-in protest in Cairo, after at least 72 people were shot dead by Egyptian security forces.

Egypt’s interior minister has warned that protesters will soon be dispersed. But the sit-in, which has been going for almost five weeks outside Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque, is attracting more supporters since the violence on Saturday.

Hundreds of thousands of people are calling for Mursi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president ousted by the army, to be reinstated.

Salam Ahmed, a supporter of Mursi said: “I left my family and my house to join the sit-in because I realised the Mubarak regime still controls the country.”

Close to Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque, a makeshift morgue has been set up. Field doctors describe the injuries they saw as “like hell.” Sixty people are still on life support machines.

The US has expressed “deep concern” at the bloodshed.

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