7 Killed in Violent Clashes

July 16, 2013 . By
Clashes in Cairo as Pro-Morsi protestors block Sixth of October Bridge | Reuters
Clashes in Cairo as Pro-Morsi protestors block Sixth of October Bridge | Reuters

The violence from Monday night continued into Tuesday morning. As the protests continued, military helicopters dropped flyers on the sit-in at Raba’a Al-Adaweya that blamed “inciting edicts and rhetoric” aimed at the demonstrators for the violent clashes. In total, seven were killed and more than 260 were injured. Amnesty International released a statement calling on Egyptian authorities to restore due process rights to the hundreds of pro-Morsi protesters who have been detained since Morsi’s ouster.

The Coalition of Egyptian Feminist Organizations, which includes Al-Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence, the Cairo Center for Development, and the Nazra Center for Feminist Studies, voiced concern for women’s rights and requested that the appointed committee to draft the new constitution include a “fair representation” of women. The June 30 Front also voiced an opinion on the constitutional process, demanding that the constitution be put to a popular referendum before any elections for the Presidency or Parliament occur.

Ahmed al-Muslimani, spokesman for interim President Mansour, stated an expectation that Islamists, such as the Muslim Brotherhood, will participate in national reconciliation. While both the al-Nour Party and the members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party have been offered posts in the new government, no members of either group have accepted.

The public prosecutor began investigations into Islamist leaders accused of planning a prison break during the 2011 overthrow of former President Mubarak. Also on Tuesday, violence continued in Sinai as rockets and machine guns were used to attack an army camp near Rafah, wounding two soldiers.