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Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood calls for further protests after day of bloodshed

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Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood calls for further protests after day of bloodshed

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After a day of bloody violence in Egypt, which left more than 100 people dead, tensions continued into the night in the capital Cairo.

Security forces surrounding a mosque, as objects are thrown from the window.

Supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi had called for a “day of rage” to denounce a crackdown by the army-backed government.

As night fell in Suez, gunshots echoed across the city. At least six people were killed in the area on Friday.

Deaths were also reported in a number of other cities, including Alexandria.

Earlier in the day, gunfire also rang out in Cairo. The army deployed dozens of armoured vehicles, with the Interior Ministry saying it would use live ammunition against anyone threatening public buildings.

Friday’s violence followed an earlier assault by security forces on two Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in the capital that left hundreds dead.

The authorities appear set on ending weeks of unrest following the toppling of Mursi last month. But the Muslim Brotherhood is showing no signs of backing down. It is now calling for a week of protests starting today.