Egypt: Ministry of Health Reports 57 Killed and 391 Injured in Sunday Clashes

Egypt: Ministry of Health Reports 57 Killed and 391 Injured in Sunday Clashes

The atmosphere in Egypt is politically unstable with violence erupting in different parts of the country. As of the recent report submitted by the Egyptian Ministry of Health today, 57 people were murdered and 391 were injured as a result of clashes between Police forces and crowds of military supporters against Islamist opponents on Sunday. The clashes came as a result of Muslim Brotherhood supporters calling on for mass protests against what they called the “military-backed government” on October, 6th, the day that marked Egypt’s start of War on Israel or the “Yom Kippur anniversary”.

Pro-Morsi protestors fired birdshot and threw firebombs at police who responded with gunshots and tear gas.

According to a witness in Alexandria, several pro-Morsi protestors roamed the streets, chanting “Egypt is Islamic state”, the official song for the opponents of the current, transitional Egyptian government. Some of the protestors wore ski-masks or hid their faces behind scarves, some were armed with guns.

Dr. Khalid Al-Khatib, head of Central Department of critical care and urgent surgery, announced that the total body count was 22 in the capital, Cairo, 24 in Giza, 6 in Beni Suef and 2 in Minya. Dr. Khalid added that about 191 of the wounded were in critical cases, with fractures, gunshot wounds to the chest and head and head trauma.

Speculations arise that the Egyptian streets will even see more mayhem, as the Muslim Brotherhood supporters are calling for a mass demonstration on Friday after the noon prayer, where they encourage the “anti-coup supporters” to stage more protests against the government and the army and occupy Tahrir Square, the country’s “Hyde Park”, where tons of critical political events took place ever since the 2011 revolution that ousted former president Hosni Mubarak. Political analysts fear that the ongoing clashes are building up more chaos and leading to “street wars”.

 

Written by: Jaylan Salah

 

Ministry of Health report (Arabic Link)

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