HAMZA HENDAWI | AP
Published — Monday 7 October 2013
Last update 15 October 2013 3:25 am
CAIRO: Egypt’s Health Ministry said 44 people were killed on Sunday in clashes between security forces and supporters of the ousted president.
Street battles raged for hours in Cairo and other parts of the country as authorities tried to separate rival crowds supporting Muhammad Mursi and the military.
Authorities said 30 died in Cairo.
The clashes took place on a national holiday celebrating the 40th anniversary of the start of the 1973 Mideast war.
Egypt’s Interior Ministry announced as night fell that 300 anti-military rule protesters were arrested throughout the day.
Police fired tear gas and shots into the air to disperse anti-coup crowds who were trying to make their way to Tahrir Square, where thousands of pro-military Egyptians were gathered to mark the anniversary of the assault on Israeli forces in the Sinai Peninsula during the 1973 war.
In Delga, south of Cairo, medical sources said that police shot live rounds into a crowd of stone-throwing protestors, killing one man.
Skirmishes were reported around Cairo, including in Garden City and the Nile Corniche, as security forces prevented anti-coup marchers from getting within less than one kilometer of Tahrir Square.