Cairo Poised for Renewed Protests

World | August 16, 2013, Friday // 09:11|  views

Grieving relatives have been identifying the victims of Wednesday's violence. Photo by BBC

The Egyptian capital Cairo is poised for renewed protests as supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi call for marches after Friday prayers.

It comes two days after authorities broke up Muslim Brotherhood protest camps in the Egyptian capital with the loss of at least 638 lives.

Egypt is in a state of emergency and police have been authorised to use live ammunition in self-defence.

Meanwhile, Egypt's interim leaders have criticised remarks by President Obama.

On Thursday, Obama condemned the government's actions in ordering security forces to break up the protest camps, and cancelled joint military exercises.

He said co-operation could not continue while civilians were being killed. However, he stopped short of cutting USD 1.3 B in aid that the US gives to Egypt.

The Egyptian presidency said in a statement on Friday that Obama's words were "not based on fact" and would "embolden armed groups".

It said Egypt was facing "terrorist acts".

The Muslim Brotherhood called on its supporters to gather in mosques for Friday prayers and then take to the streets of Cairo.

We need your support so can keep delivering news and information about Bulgaria! Thank you!

Tags: Cairo, camps, protest, emergency, state, Egypt, Egyptian, capital


» Related Articles: