Egypt’s rulers said Thursday that security forces would use live ammunition to protect public buildings as angry Muslim Brotherhood supporters torched two government buildings in Giza. The UN Security Council is meeting to discuss the situation.
Unrest in a deeply divided Egypt continues on Thursday, a day after the army-ruled government launched a deadly raid on two Muslim Brotherhood sit-in camps, triggering a wave of violence across the country and leaving at least 252 people dead and over 2,000 injured.
- The UN Security Council will meet on Thursday to discuss the situation in Egypt.
- The council will be briefed behind closed doors by U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson at 5:30 p.m EDT (2130 GMT). The meeting was jointly requested by council members France, Britain and Australia.
- Earlier today, Muslim Brotherhood supporters stormed and set fire to a government building in Cairo after the Islamist movement called on Egyptians to rise up in protest at the raid.
- At least four Egyptian soldiers were shot dead by gunmen in the northern Sinai area, while three people were killed and 55 others wounded, amid clashes between pro- and anti-Muslim Brotherhood groups in the coastal city of Alexandria.
- Police will be authorised to use live ammunition to protect government institutions from mobs, Egypt’s rulers said in a statement.
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Date created : 2013-08-15