Egypt: 16 killed in clashes near pro-Morsi rally
By SARAH EL DEEB and TONY G. GABRIEL
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian doctor at a field hospital says at least 16 supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi have been killed near a Cairo demonstration following clashes with security forces.
Yehia Mikkia says the overnight night clashes have overwhelmed the hospital operating from the sit-in where the protesters have been camped for over three weeks. He said early Saturday at least 16 were killed.
Police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of Morsi supporters near the sit-in, setting off clashes that lasted for hours- in a possible sign of a new intolerance for marches that block city streets.
The clashes erupted following a day when millions took to the streets answering a call from the army chief, who said he wanted a mandate to stop “potential terrorism” by Morsi supporters.
Egypt’s Mursi accused of murder and kidnapping before rallies
By Crispian Balmer and Asma Alsharif
CAIRO (Reuters) – Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi is under investigation for an array of charges including murder, the state news agency said on Friday, stoking tensions as Egypt’s opposing political camps took to the streets.
Heeding a call by army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for a popular mandate, thousands of people rallied in numerous Egyptian cities, welcoming the military’s pledge to confront weeks of violence unleashed by the July 3 overthrow of Mursi.
Supporters of the deposed Islamist leader staged counter demonstrations to demand his reinstatement, shrugging off fears of an imminent crackdown and vowing not to give in to an army demand for an immediate end to their protests.
A Reuters witness said thousands of pro-Mursi activists clashed with pro-army protesters in Egypt’s second city Alexandria, some demonstrators hurling stones down on the crowds from nearby rooftops. Fifteen people were injured.
Muslim Brotherhood says 70 killed as Morsi supporters attacked
PanARMENIAN.Net – At least 70 people died on Saturday, July 27 after security forces attacked supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi in Cairo, Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad said, adding the toll could be much higher, Reuters reported.
Al Jazeera’s Egypt television station said 120 had died and some 4,500 had been injured in the early morning violence on the fringes of a round-the-clock vigil being staged by backers of Mursi near a Cairo mosque.
Suicide bombs kill 39 near Shi’ite mosques in Pakistan
By Javed Hussain and Jibran Ahmad
PARACHINAR/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Suicide bombers on motorcycles blew themselves up within a minute of each other outside Shi’ite mosques in a volatile Pakistani town near the Afghan border on Friday, killing at least 39 people, officials said.
Sectarian violence has been on the rise in nuclear-armed Pakistan, where hardline Sunni militant groups have been relentlessly attacking Shi’ites whom they see as heretics.
The first explosion took place metres away from a Shi’ite mosque near a busy market in Parachinar, capital of the tribal Kurram area. It was followed shortly afterwards by a second blast, close to another mosque in the town.