NBCNEWS.COM/CAIRO - About 15 people were injured during clashes Friday between
Egypt's military and supporters of Mohammed Morsi outside the barracks
where the ousted Islamist president is believed to be detained.
wounded were being treated by medical staff at the scene for what
appeared to be injuries from shotgun fire. NBC News journalists saw
people with injuries to their face and torso.
The violence broke
out after about 6,000 people who had been protesting outside Cairo's
Rabia al Adawiya Mosque marched toward the Republican Guard
headquarters, where Morsi is rumored to have been held since being
deposed by the military.
BBC News correspondent Jeremy Bowen said on Twitter that he could see a "bloodied dead body."
NBC News could not confirm any fatalities.Bowen later tweeted that he had been hit by shotgun fire. "Thanks for
the messages. I've been hit by a couple of shotgun pellets. Am fine
and heading out," he said.
Television footage from the scene
showed several bloodied people near the scene and clouds of tear gas.
Large numbers of people were continuing to protest as soldiers stood
behind barbed-wire barricades.
However a ministry of defense
spokesman insisted there had been no casualties outside the Republican
Guard headquarters and that the military had not used live ammunition.
This was also reported by two state-run television channels, Nile TV and
ETV 1.A statement on the Muslim Brotherhood's website
said earlier that peaceful protest was "a right guaranteed to all
Egyptians," saying it would hold the government responsible for its
The Islamists' protests were given various names, including the "Friday of Rage" and the "Friday of Rejection."
liberal coalition also called for its supporters to take to the
streets, saying that the Islamists' demonstrations could be a
"counter-revolution," Reuters reported.The Egyptian Army was put on a heightened state of alert in the Sinai
region that borders Israel Friday. The border crossing between the Gaza
Strip and Egypt at Rafah was also closed.
Sinai is a hotbed of
Islamist militant activity and there has been concern in Israel about
the potential for increased cross-border attacks if the Egyptian
military becomes pre-occupied with dealing with the demonstrations.
a rally in Northern Sinai after the ouster of Morsi, hundreds of people
cheered as a local leader spoke of declaring a "war council" to fight
the Egyptian military, the police and the state. However, a spokesman
for a loose coalition of tribes rejected that saying they were with the
military and would not support any violence against the state.
There were reports that a state of emergency had been imposed in the Sinai area, but this was later denied by the military.
of people have been killed in clashes between rival factions, police
and soldiers since last weekend, with millions of people taking part in
Morsi was ousted as president by the military on Wednesday and replaced by top judge Adly Mansour on Thursday. Fresh elections have been promised.
statement on the Brotherhood's website appealed to "the masses of the
Egyptian people to mobilize in peaceful mass marches in all liberty
squares and streets of Egypt, to be started from all mosques, after
Friday prayers, to reject the heinous coup against popular will.
"It was attributed to the "National Alliance in Support of Electoral Legitimacy."
said that it feels rising public anger and the imminent danger
threatening the nation as a result of the unprecedented military coup
d'état against legitimacy derived from the will of the people," it said.
is under house arrest and the statement said NASEL would hold the "coup
masterminds" responsible for his safety and "for preventing the elected
president from contact with the people."
The Brotherhood denounced the crackdown,
including the shutdown Wednesday night of its television channel,
Misr25, its newspaper and three pro-Morsi Islamist TV stations. The
military, it said, is returning Egypt to the practices of "the dark,
repressive, dictatorial and corrupt ages."On Thursday, a judge said that an
investigation was being held into accusations that Morsi and eight
other senior Muslim Brotherhood figures had defamed the judiciary. The
arrests of Mohammed Badie, the Muslim Brotherhood's supreme guide, and a
top deputy, Khairat el-Shater, were also ordered.
Authorities have issued a wanted list for more than 200 Brotherhood members and leaders of other Islamist groups.
spokesman Col. Ahmed Mohammed Ali said in a Facebook posting that that
the army and security forces will not take "any exceptional or arbitrary
measures" against any political group, The Associated Press reported.
The military has a "strong will to ensure national reconciliation, constructive justice and tolerance," he wrote.
National Salvation Front, the top opposition political group during
Morsi's presidency, called for all sides – "particularly political
Islamic groups" -- to be included in the new political process, the AP
"Reconciliation is the name of the game, including the
Muslim Brotherhood. We need to be inclusive," Munir Fakhry Abdel-Nour, a
leading member of the group, told the news service. "The detentions are
But the National Salvation Front, a liberal
coalition, also issued an "urgent call" for supporters to take to the
streets on Friday in response to Islamists' demonstrations.
spokesman Khaled Dawoud told Reuters that plans by the Brotherhood and
its allies to hold protests amounted to a "counter-revolution."
newly appointed Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr said that Secretary
of State John Kerry had expressed concern during a telephone call on
Thursday for human rights, Reuters reported.
"He was worried about
the status of human rights," Amr said, adding this was understandable.
"I assured him there is no retribution, no acts of vengeance, that
nobody will be treated outside the law."
Amr, a career diplomat who tended his resignation to Mursi after
Sunday's anti-government protests, said he had spent the day calling
international counterparts and briefing ambassadors with the message
that there had been no "military coup" in Egypt. The army had merely
heeded the popular will.
Of his conversation with Kerry, he said: "I told him that the main aim of the military now is to maintain security."
will be no acts of violence, no acts of exclusion. Everybody will be
included. The idea is to have everybody participating in the
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