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Friday protests in Egypt

  • Our article on the Egypt protests will be updated throughout the evening. http://ind.pn/16sOQcs

    8/16/2013 4:02:07 PM
  • 13:45 Quick summary of this afternoon's events from Reuters: Thousands of supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi took to the streets on Friday, urging a "Day of Rage" to denounce this week's assault by security forces on Muslim Brotherhood protesters that killed hundreds.

    The army deployed dozens of armoured vehicles on major roads in Cairo, and the Interior Ministry has said police will use live ammunition against anyone threatening state installations.

    Medical sources said four protesters died in clashes in the northeastern city of Ismailia, with one dead reported in the Mediterranean port of Damietta. Violence was also reported in Egypt's second city Alexandria and in the Nile Delta city of Tanta. Scuffles broke out in Cairo and a police conscript was killed in a drive-by shooting in the north of the capital, state news agency MENA reported.
    8/16/2013 12:46:56 PM
  • 13:49 Tear gas has reportedly been fired at protesters in Ramses Square
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  • Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi loyalists raise up posters of him shouting slogans during a march in Alexandria (Getty Images)

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  • Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi loyalists raise up posters of him during a march in Alexandria (Getty Images)

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  • 13:56 Protests are taking place across various cities, and there may well be counter demonstrations taking place throughout the day in support of the military. 
    8/16/2013 12:57:27 PM
  • Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, one holding a picture of Morsi which says, "No to the coup," march towards downtown Cairo from the Mohandeseen neighborhood of Cairo, Egypt (AP)

    8/16/2013 1:00:47 PM
  • Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, cross the Nile as they march towards downtown Cairo from the Mohandeseen neighborhood of Cairo, Egypt (AP)

    8/16/2013 1:05:50 PM
  • 14:02 Ramses Square is still where protesters appear to be heading. Access to the area is still being tightly controlled by security forces and many people are unable to join the crowd at the square. Reports of casualties are starting to surface, with an Associated Press journalist reporting seeing a MB supporter with a bullet wound in his leg.
    8/16/2013 1:07:36 PM
  • 14:24 Muslim Brotherhood supporters on the 6th of October Bridge say tear gas has been used on them as they advance towards Ramses Bridge.
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  • 14:30 Reuters are reporting that eight have died in today's protests.
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  • 14:42 Mosque loud speakers are calling for doctors to attend Ramses Square to treat the injured, according to BBC.
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  • An Egyptian protester lies wounded after a Muslim Brotherhood protest approached a church protected by the army in Giza, Egypt on 16 August 2013 (EPA/ENGY AHMED)

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  • 14:56 At least 17 protesters have been killed, according to officials quoted by the Associated Press.
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  • Protesters who support ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi transport injured people during clashes at Ramses Square in Cairo

    8/16/2013 1:58:04 PM
  • 15:08 Officials also quoted as saying five policemen have been killed across the country.
    8/16/2013 2:08:35 PM
  • 15:10 A state TV broadcast has feted four of the policemen who died in the violence as heroes in a funeral broadcast live.

    "They died guarding this nation," said the TV commentator, as the four coffins draped with Egyptian flags were placed on separate fire trucks for a procession accompanied by a brass band.
    8/16/2013 2:10:29 PM
  • Thousands of supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi gather in Cairo. They have urged a "Day of Rage" to denounce this week's assault by security forces on Muslim Brotherhood protesters that killed hundreds. REUTERS

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  • 15:52 Egypt's military has released a statement saying it has started to deploy security across all major roads in Cairo, and it is ready to deploy more at any time. At least 17 have died and the fatality number is growing, although death tolls have not been officially confirmed yet. 
    8/16/2013 2:55:39 PM
  • A supporter of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi bleeds after he was injured during a protest outside Al-Fath Mosque in Ramses Square, in Cairo (Reuters)

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  • 16:08 Video footage and images have emerged of people reportedly jumping from the 6th of October Bridge, reportedly to escape gun shots being fired. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r60_av7Io54
    8/16/2013 3:15:28 PM
  • 16:17 Saudi King Abdullah spoke on state television and asked Arabs to stand together against "attempts to destabilise" Egypt, in a strong message of support for the country's military leadership.

    "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, its people and government stood and stands by today with its brothers in Egypt against terrorism," he said.

    "I call on the honest men of Egypt and the Arab and Muslim nations ... to stand as one man and with one heart in the face of attempts to destabilise a country that is at the forefront of Arab and Muslim history," he added.

    8/16/2013 3:18:42 PM
  • Egyptian volunteers stop cars and search for suspected militants at a checkpoint on Corniche el-Nile street in the southern suburb of Maadi, Cairo (AP)

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  • An injured protesters who supports ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi lies inside a mosque in Ramses Square in Cairo (Reuters)

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  • 16:40 Reuters report a security official in Egypt putting the death toll at 50. This figure has not been verified.
    8/16/2013 3:42:40 PM
  • 16:56 A Reuters witness has reported seeing the bodies of 27 people, apparently hit by gunfire and birdshot, wrapped in white sheets in a mosque. At least 20 people are thought to have died in clashes elsewhere in Egypt.
    8/16/2013 3:57:11 PM
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