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At least 70 dead in Egypt protests

  • The military opened fired on the supporters of Mohamed Morsi in Cairo and this caused the deaths of at least 70 people, according to Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood. A spokesman said "they are not shooting to wound, they are shooting to kill."

    According to witnesses, the police first tried to disperse protestors by using tear gas but this soon changed to opened fire. The violence is said to have begun after the mass rallies were staged. Egypt's military leader reportedly asked the protestors to stage a demonstration to give him a "mandate" to stop terrorism. This is interpreted by many to mean "going after the Brotherhood". 

    The Cairo violence has been the deadliest since Morsi supporters were killed in the capital on July 8. 

    Tagged as: Egypt, rallies, Morsi, Cairo