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Egypt massacre : 525 killed in crackdown on Mursi supporters

Egypt massacre : 525 killed in crackdown on Mursi supporters
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Bloodbath in Cairo, Egypt, leaves 525 people dead, including Sky News cameraman Mick Deane, VP Mohamed - Egypt death toll hits 525 as Cairo streets...

Court extends Mursi’s detention; Gaza border closed

Cairo (PTI): Egypt's defiant Muslim Brotherhood on Thursday vowed to bring down the military-backed government as it called for a massive anti-regime rally, a day after over 525 people were killed in the deadliest crackdown by security forces on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Mursi.


The health ministry said the death toll from nationwide violence in Egypt has climbed to 525, making it the bloodiest day since the Arab Spring in 2011 toppled longtime President Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising.


"We will always be non-violent and peaceful. We remain strong, defiant and resolved," Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad wrote on his Twitter feed. He further added that, "We will push (forward) until we bring down this military coup".


Meanwhile, a Cairo appeal court on Thursday ordered the renewal of 62-year-old Mursi's detention for 30 days pending investigations into his suspected collaboration with Hamas. Mursi is facing charges of collaborating with Hamas in attacks on police stations and prison breaks in early 2011 during the uprising against former president Hosni Mubarak.
The Egyptian authorities have also closed the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip "indefinitely" for security reasons after a day of deadly violence nationwide, a security official told AFP on Thursday. Hundreds of Palestinian travellers were left stranded on both sides of the crossing, the only gateway into the Hamas-ruled Palestinian territory that bypasses Israel, witnesses said.


Nationwide protests erupted on Wednesday after the crackdown by security forces on supporters of 62-year-old Mursi in Cairo and elsewhere killed hundreds of people. The protesters were demanding reinstatement of Mursi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, who was deposed by the army on July 3.


Egyptian authorities authorised police to use deadly force to protect themselves and key state institutions from attacks, after supporters of the deposed Islamist president torched two local government buildings near the capital.The Interior Ministry, which is in charge of national security, said in a statement that the new measures come after the angry crowd stormed the buildings in Giza, the city next to Cairo that is home to the famed pyramids.


Simultaneously, Egypt's military-backed government also pledged in a statement to confront "terrorist actions and sabotage" allegedly carried out by members of former President Mohammed Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood group.

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