Egyptian Forces Drag Islamists Out Of Cairo Mosque

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Egyptian security forces have cleared remaining Islamist protesters from a Cairo mosque after a stand-off and an exchange of fire, a security source has told AFP.

Supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi were dragged from the mosque by police on Saturday, the official said.

Witnesses said that Egyptian security forces stormed the al-Fateh mosque after firing tear gas at hundreds of supporters of the country’s ousted president barricaded inside.

The mosque served as a field hospital and morgue following clashes on Friday in the area.

Earlier, while trying to drag supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi out of a Cairo mosque, crowds tried to attack them, refusing to leave the mosque, despite being surrounded by security forces, including police who fired in the air to keep mobs from attacking the Islamists.

Witnesses said that Egyptian security forces stormed the al-Fateh mosque after firing tear gas at hundreds of supporters of the country’s ousted president barricaded inside.

Local journalist Shaimaa Awad said on Saturday that security forces rounded up protesters inside the mosque, located in Cairo’s central Ramses Square.

Egypt’s official news agency MENA reported that gunmen opened fire on security forces from the mosque’s minaret.

Local television stations broadcast live footage of soldiers firing assault rifles at the minaret.

The mosque served as a field hospital and morgue following clashes on Friday in the area.

The protesters barricaded themselves inside overnight out of fears of being beaten by vigilante mobs or being arrested by authorities.


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