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|BREAKING: Egypt Deploys Tanks Around Presidential Palace|
|[ToloNews] Egypt's army deployed tanks outside the presidential palace on Thursday after five demonstrators died overnight and 350 were wounded in between supporters and opponents of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.|
Morsi was expected to issue a statement on Thursday to address the worst violence since his June election, which has pitted Islamists against an opposition that has escalated protests since he assumed extensive powers on November 22.
Running street battles that carried on through the night outside the Itihadiya palace in northern Cairo also left 350 people , many from buckshot, the official MENA news agency reported.
The opposition has said it would organise further marches to the palace as a top presidential aide accused them of coordinating with loyalists of deposed dictator
Bloodied protesters were seen carried away as gunshots rang out and the rivals torched cars and set off fire crackers near the palace, where opponents of Morsi had set up tents before his supporters drove them away.
Riot police were eventually sent in to
In the early hours of Thursday, gunshots rang out intermittently and sporadic violence continued, an AFP correspondent said. Later in the morning, a few hundred Morsi supporters remained outside the palace. The opposition protesters had left the scene.
The overnight violence had also spread beyond the capital, with protesters torching the offices of the powerful in the Mediterranean port city of Ismailiya and in Suez, witnesses said.
Sobhi Saleh, a Brotherhood official and member of the constituent assembly -- the body that drafted the controversial charter -- was attacked and beaten by opposition protesters in the northern city of Alexandria, MENA reported.
The Brotherhood urged protesters on both sides to withdraw, as did Prime Minister Hisham Qandil.
"They (Islamists) attacked us, broke up our tents, and I was beaten up," said Eman Ahmed, 47. "They accused us of being traitors."
Activists among the Islamist marchers harassed television news crews, trying to prevent them from working, AFP s said.
The opposition would be allowed to put any objections they have to articles of the draft constitution in writing, to be discussed by a parliament yet to be elected.
said Morsi bore "full responsibility" for the violence.
three of Morsi's advisers resigned over the crisis, MENA reported, naming Amr al-Laythi, Seif Abdel Fattah and Ayman al-Sayyad.
|Posted by:trailing wife|
|#11 Wonder who is watching the border.|
The photos show M-60 tanks, which means the the 'good stuff' hasn't been moved in.
|Posted by: Pappy 2012-12-06 21:50|
|#10 Thank you, Pappy. I have no doubt this information will prove useful, at least in conversation.|
|Posted by: trailing wife 2012-12-06 18:50|
|#9 Grapeshot is used in artillery, while buckshot is used in shotguns.|
Don't think that the MB has access to artillery - yet.
|Posted by: Pappy 2012-12-06 17:45|
|#8 What's the diffence between buckshot and grapeshot? As in "Give 'em a whif of grape, Francois."|
|Posted by: trailing wife 2012-12-06 17:09|
|#7 WTF happened to the bean-bags rounds and the rubber bullets?|
That Age of Aquarius stuff is sooo last millennium.
|Posted by: SteveS 2012-12-06 16:15|
|#6 also left 350 people maimed, many from buckshot, |
Hey! WTF happened to the bean-bags rounds and the rubber bullets?
|Posted by: Shipman 2012-12-06 16:04|
|#5 Wonder who is watching the border.|
Palestinians need a homeland.
|Posted by: Skidmark 2012-12-06 12:13|
|#4 Tanks around the palace?|
Which way are the guns pointing? That direction can always be changed.
|Posted by: AlanC 2012-12-06 09:19|
|#3 Obama really needs to thank Morsi for waiting until just after the election. Heck of a pal he is.|
|Posted by: Charles 2012-12-06 08:54|
|#2 Science has proven that ______ cannot exist (choose only one)|
C. Faster than light travel
D. Egyptian democracy
|Posted by: Perfesser 2012-12-06 08:01|
|#1 related to the story above, the head of the egypt constitution referendum committee resigned two days after being appointed|
Morsi's actions have made his motivation transparent. He called for dictatorial power for two months to allow a constitution referendum, then he rushed the constitution writers to finish in 48 hours, then he set Dec 15 as the date for the referendum. This was obviously to avoid people seriously debating the terms of the constitution.
Heckava job Hillary
|Posted by: lord garth 2012-12-06 08:00|