Nancy A. Youssef and Amina Ismail
August 16, 2013
Cairo erupted into fierce street battles between supporters of ousted
President Mohammed Morsi outraged over the deaths of hundreds at sits
ins earlier this week, local residents and security forces, sending
bullets flying all over the city and turning one of the world’s largest
capitals into a quasi battlefield.
Abandoned highways and bridges were peppered with burnt cars,
blockades and Army tanks, as Morsi supporters, largely Islamists,
marched in what they called a “Day of Rage” against Wednesday’s
unprecedented government crackdown which killed at 638 and injured
thousands. But the various protests could never gain momentum as they
were always confronted by repeated gunfire, forcing them to disperse.
Morsi supporters charged that either police or military personnel
were shooting at them from helicopters. And the military, which already
has reinstated a state of emergency and curfew, told residents early
evening there would be consequences for staying past curfew.