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Egypt military releases video of clashes

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 - 01:09

July 8 - Egypt's military releases video purporting to show armed men launching attacks around compound during clashes that killed at least 51. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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REUTERS CANNOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO, WHICH IS EGYPTIAN MILITARY HANDOUT STORY: Egypt's military released a video on Monday purporting to show armed men attacking troops around the Republican Guard compound. The video shows people taking cover on rooftops while hurling Molotov cocktails and other items at security forces marching on ground level. Reuters cannot independently verify the video which was released by the Egyptian military to show clashes in the capital on Monday which killed at least 51 people, when the Egyptian army opened fire on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Mursi. The incident was the deadliest since the elected Islamist leader was toppled by the military five days ago. Protesters said shooting started as they performed morning prayers outside the Cairo barracks where Mursi is believed to be held. But military spokesman Ahmed Ali said at a news conference on Monday that at 4 a.m. (0200 GMT) armed men attacked troops in the area around the Republican Guard compound in the northeast of the city. The video was shown as evidence at the news conference, some of it apparently taken from a helicopter. Emergency services said 435 people were wounded. Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood urged people to rise up against the army, which they accuse of a coup to topple the president. The movement's leaders are calling for peaceful resistance, but the risk remains of fringe elements pursuing a violent agenda. The turmoil leaves the Arab world's largest nation of 84 million people in a perilous state, with the risk of further enmity between people on either side of the political divide while an economic crisis deepens.

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Egypt military releases video of clashes

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 - 01:09