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Egypt: Police clear mosque of Islamic protestors

August 18, 2013

EGYPTIAN police have cleared Islamist protesters from a Cairo mosque after a standoff that included exchanges of fire, as the death toll from four days of violence surpassed 750.

Security forces dragged supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi from the Al-Fath mosque, passing through angry crowds who tried to beat the Islamists, calling them “terrorists”.

The clashes came as the government said 173 people had been killed within 24 hours, bringing the country’s death toll to more than 750 since Wednesday, when police cleared two camps of Morsi loyalists in the capital.

The Australian

I don’t think any government’s dared to demonstrate this level of official opposition to Islamists en masse before. Is something new starting to happen in Egypt?

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