Nation & World News

In Egypt, More Clashes Leave 7 Dead, Hundreds Injured

By Eyder Peralta on July 16th, 2013

After what had been a week of calm, violence returned to the streets of Cairo late Monday into early Tuesday.

NPR’s Leila Fadel reports that Egypt’s health ministry said seven people were killed and more than 200 were injured as supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi clashed with police. From Cairo, Leila filed this report for our Newscast unit:

“Police fired teargas and birdshot at protesters in Cairo’s Ramses Square where supporters of the president gathered to demand Morsi’s reinstatement. The Muslim Brotherhood-led marches went throughout the city in what protesters called a peaceful escalation. They put up roadblocks and used walls of protesters to cut off streets and bridges.

“The bloody event came as Egypt’s military-installed leaders are rushing to put together a cabinet and move forward despite the discontent. There are so far no Islamists in the proposed cabinet which is expected to be formed this week. The Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters are refusing to participate calling this military appointed president and his government illegal.”

The violence comes just as the United States reopened its embassy in Cairo. As USA Today reports, it also happened during the second day of a visit by U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns, the first official U.S. visit since Morsi was overthrown.

The newspaper says Burns’ visit is intended to “underscore U.S. support for the Egyptian people, an end to all violence, and a transition leading to an inclusive, democratically elected civilian government.”

The New York Times reports that Burns delivered the “clearest statement yet on the military’s ouster” of Morsi.

“If representatives of some of the largest parties in Egypt are detained or excluded, how are dialogue and participation possible?” Burns told reporters, according to the Times. “It is hard to picture how Egypt will be able to emerge from this crisis unless its people come together to find a nonviolent and inclusive path forward.”

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

This entry was posted in News from NPR. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.

 

More Stories in News from NPR

Michigan State is headed back to the Final Four, where they'll meet Duke next Saturday night. Afterward, Wisconsin takes on the still-unbeaten Kentucky Wildcats.

Michigan State, Duke Join Kentucky, Wisconsin In The Men’s Final Four

A missed free throw sent Michigan State-Louisville to overtime, where the Cardinals couldn’t hang on. Gonzaga hung with Duke but couldn’t quite keep up.


Secretary of State John Kerry (left), and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (right) wait for the start of a meeting at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotelin Lausanne, Switzerland, on Sunday to discuss a nuclear deal on Iran.

Iran, West Said To Be Closing Gap On Nuke Deal As Deadline Looms

The two sides are reportedly close to a deal ahead of a Tuesday deadline, but diplomatic sources caution that an agreement could still fall apart. Shipping uranium to Russia is a point of contention.


Secretary-general of the League of Arab States Nabil Elaraby (left) and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri attend a news conference after the closing session of the Arab League Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Sunday. The 22-nation body agreed in principle to establishing a regional security force.

Arab League Approves Idea Of Ground Forces For Regional Security

The 22-member body agreed in principle to the military force that could be rapidly deployed to regional trouble spots.


Nigerian electoral officials collate results at a polling station in the oil rich Niger Delta, Port Harcourt, Nigeria on Sunday. Millions of voters headed to the polls in the Nigerian general elections after being delayed for over a month.

Dozens Killed In Nigerian Election Violence As Polling Continues

Boko Haram extremists are being blamed for more than 40 deaths, including one lawmaker, as balloting continues in a closely-fought presidential elections.


At Palm Sunday Mass, Pope Remembers Germanwings Crash Victims

Francis noted that schoolchildren were aboard the aircraft thought to have been deliberately crashed by its co-pilot. The pontiff also paid tribute to “martyrs” killed for their faith.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments