Egyptian security forces sweep Morsi supporter camps in bloody battle amid gunfire, tear gas
Egyptian police in riot gear swept in with armoured vehicles and bulldozers Wednesday to clear two sprawling encampments of supporters of the country’s ousted Islamist president in Cairo, showering protesters with tear gas as the sound of gunfire rang out. At least 15 people were killed.
Smoke clogged the sky and fires smouldered on the streets, which were lined with charred poles and tarps after several tents were burned. The smaller camp was cleared relatively quickly, but clashes were ongoing at the main site near a mosque that has served as the epicenter of the pro-Morsi campaign.
The assault came after days of warnings by the military-backed interim administration that replaced President Mohammed Morsi after he was ousted in a July 3 coup. The two sit-in camps at two major intersections on opposite sides of the Egyptian capital began in late June to show support for Morsi. Aftre the coup, protesters there have demanded his reinstatement. (Photos: AP Photo/Ahmed Gomaa; Mohammed Abdel Moneim / AFP / Getty Images; AP Photo / Hassan Ammar)