New Protests Loom in Egypt

World | August 18, 2013, Sunday // 11:39|  views

Inside the al-Fath mosque in Cairo, photo by EPA/BGNES

Egypt Islamists are gearing up for new demonstrations Sunday after the Saturday exchanges of gunfire between protesters and security forces in a mosque in Cairo.

On Saturday Egypt's security forces cleared the al-Fath mosque in Cairo after a long stand-off with Muslim Brotherhood supporters barricaded inside.

The Muslim Brotherhood members are key supporters of Mohammed Morsi, whose ousting as president sparked Egypt's stand-off.

According to the BBC, the pro-Morsi Anti-Coup Alliance announced plans for six marches in Giza, near Cairo, on Sunday. They will start at mosques after prayers at 14:00 GMT and converge on the Supreme Constitutional Court in Maadi.

Three other marches in Cairo at the same time will head towards Heliopolis, where there will be a news conference by the alliance.

Overnight rallies were held on the streets of Egypt's second largest city, Alexandria, and in Helwan and Minya to the south of Cairo, in defiance of the imposed curfew.

The BBC further informs that Egypt's Cabinet is holding an emergency sitting on Sunday to discuss the crisis in the country, where an estimated 750 have died in clashes in recent days.

The caretaker prime minister has put forward a proposal to legally dissolve the Muslim Brotherhood.

Since Morsi's removal on 3 July, Brotherhood members and supporters have attacked churches, police stations, and the homes and businesses of Christians.

On Saturday, the Interior Ministry reported that 1 004 Muslim Brotherhood members had been detained in raids across the country, with bombs, weapons and ammunition seized.

Many members of the interim government insist they are engaged in a battle against "terrorism."

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