Clashes in Cairo, Damietta, Suez, and Qalyubia | Morsi’s Ongoing Detention Questioned

July 22, 2013 . By
Suez clashes | Reuters/Asmaa Waguih
Suez clashes | Reuters/Asmaa Waguih

Ninety people, including two shot with live ammunition, were wounded in overnight clashes between pro-Morsi demonstrators and residents of Arbaeen Square in Suez. In Damietta, 17 were injured in similar clashes, while two died and seven were injured in an outbreak of violence in Qalyubia.

In Cairo, stones and blasts of birdshot were exchanged between opposing crowds of protesters as security forces used teargas to try to disperse the crowds. The confrontation was focused on the area around Tahrir Square, often a gathering point for anti-Morsi demonstrators, and appears to have been triggered by pro-Morsi demonstrators seeking to enter the square. One was killed and at least 21 were wounded in the fighting.

Abdel Nasser Salama, Editor-in-Chief of al-Ahram newspaper, was summoned by the country’s prosecution for questioning regarding the alleged publication of false news surrounding the detention of former President Morsi. Members of Morsi’s family announced that they would be taking legal action against the military for the abduction of Morsi, who has been held in detention in an unknown location since his removal from office.