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Egyptian troops fire on protesters, dozens killed

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 01:14

Aug. 14 - Over 100 people were killed, many with gunshot wounds to the head after Egyptian forces moved in on protesters demanding the reinstatement of President Mohamed Mursi. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Egyptian troops opened fire on demonstrators in clashes that brought chaos to areas of Cairo and appeared sure to further polarize Egypt's 84 million people between backers of Mursi and those who opposed his brief rule. Nearly 100 Egyptians were killed on Wednesday (August 14) after security forces moved in on protesters demanding the reinstatement of President Mohamed Mursi, and the government imposed a state of emergency as unrest swept the most populous Arab nation. The state of emergency, starting at 1400 GMT on Wednesday, was to last a month. In the streets around the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in northeast Cairo, where thousands of Mursi supporters have staged a sit-in for the last six weeks, riot police wearing gas masks crouched behind armoured vehicles, tear gas hung in the air and burning tyres sent plumes of black smoke into the sky. At a hospital morgue nearby, a Reuters reporter counted 29 bodies, including that of a 12-year-old boy. Most had died of gunshot wounds to the head. A nurse at the same hospital had said she counted 60 bodies, and expected the number to rise. The unrest spread beyond the capital, with the cities of Minya and Assiut, and Alexandria on the northern coast, also affected. Seventeen people were killed in the province of Fayoum south of Cairo. Five more died in Suez. Nine hours after the start of the operation, crowds of protesters were still blocking roads, chanting and waving.

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Egyptian troops fire on protesters, dozens killed

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 01:14