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Muslim Brotherhood calls for protests after Cairo killings

AFP

Egypt’s Islamist Muslim Brotherhood called on its supporters to take to the streets on Tuesday to protest against the deaths of at least 51 people after the military opened fire on supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi.

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Egypt’s Islamist Muslim Brotherhood movement has called on its supporters to take to the streets on Tuesday after at least 51 people were killed in the capital Cairo when military forces opened fire on supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi.

In the deadliest incident since Morsi was overthrown five days ago, protesters said the shooting broke out as they said morning prayers outside the Cairo barracks where Morsi is believed to be held.

But military spokesman Ahmed Ali offered a conflicting version of events, asserting that armed men attacked troops in the area around the Republican Guard compound in the city’s northeast at around at 4am (0200 GMT). Emergency services said 435 people were wounded in the unrest.

As an immediate consequence of the clash, the ultra-conservative Islamist Nour party, which initially backed Wednesday's military intervention, said it was pulling out of talks to form an interim government ahead of new elections.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s interim president, Adli Mansour, has set up a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate the killings.

The US also said it was “deeply concerned” over the unrest in Egypt, calling on the army to act with “maximum restraint”. The White House added that it would review whether or not the army’s overthrow of Morsi constitutes a “coup,” but said that it was not within the US’s best interests to immediately cut off its annual $1.5 billion in aid to Egypt.

To see how all the day's events unfolded, read FRANCE 24's live blog:

 (FRANCE 24 with wires)

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