Egypt police use tear gas to break up Cairo clashes

Yet another clash between police in Cairo and Morsi supporters results in scuffles and property damage.


Afp August 13, 2013
Mursi supporters throw stones at police from behind a barricade during clashes in Cairo. PHOTO REUTERS

CAIRO: Egyptian police fired tear gas to break up clashes between supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and residents of a central Cairo neighbourhood.

The clashes began when dozens of religious scholars affiliated with Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood entered the ministry of endowments and were ordered out by police, a security official said. They then clashed with residents of the area prompting police to fire tear gas.

The scholars were joined by more pro-Morsi protesters who damaged shop fronts. That further infuriated the residents, who pelted them with stones, leading to sporadic scuffles on several streets.

The confrontations come as Morsi supporters demonstrated outside several government ministries in Cairo.

Loyalists of the deposed president have set up two huge protest camps in Cairo and have held near daily demonstrations calling for his reinstatement, after his overthrow by the military on July 3.

"It is a continuation of our revolutionary actions against the coup. It will continue," Brotherhood official Farid Ismail told media.

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