Dozens of people have been injured in Egypt’s Nile Delta city of Tanta in an incident where police used tear gas to end clashes between rival groups.
The clashes during the late hours of Sunday erupted between supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi and thugs who are said to have besieged a mosque and hospital close to the scene of the skirmishes. Pro-Morsi protesters were also attacked in the northern province of Damietta with live gunfire and birdshots. Some 50 people were wounded in the assault while clashes were also reported in Beheira Province, also in the north. Tension has intensified in Egypt since the head of the Egyptian armed forces, General Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, announced on July 3 that Morsi was no longer in office. Sisi also suspended the constitution and dissolved the parliament. Supporters of Morsi on Sunday held their ground in the capital, Cairo, despite the army’s deadline to end the sit-ins. On August 2, Egypt’s state TV said in an announcement that within the following 48 hours security forces would impose a blockade on the two main protest sites of Cairo - where demonstrators have camped out - permitting people to leave but not to enter. More than one month after the ouster of Morsi, his supporters say they will not give up the sit-ins until he is reinstated. On Sunday, Egypt’s army spokesman Colonel Ahmed Aly said in a statement that Sisi had met with several representatives of Islamic movements and “stressed that there are opportunities for a peaceful solution to the crisis provided all sides reject violence.”