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Mursi supporters, police clash in crackdown

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 01:16

Aug. 14 - Egyptian authorities close in on two protest camps in Cairo, shutting one completely and besieging the other. Lily Grimes reports.

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Clashes erupt as Egyptian authorities close down one of the Muslim Brotherhood protest camps in Cairo. Demonstrators threw rocks at police across barricades they had built in recent weeks to defend their camp in the west of the capital, close to Cairo University . The military released footage purporting to show gunmen firing at security personnel in the leafy university compound. More footage released by the authorities apparently shows others shooting, this time from behind camp barricades. One resident says the Brotherhood supporters were using live ammunition. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) LOCAL RESIDENT SAYING: "They are firing on people, with guns and automatic weapons. The army and police are over there. Do you hear that? People can't see what's happening, they're firing heavy weapons at us." Meanwhile, hundreds of Brotherhood demonstrators marched towards Rabaa al-Adawiya - site of the bigger protest camp that is now under siege by the military. The Brotherhood says 30 of their supporters were killed during this crackdown. Some reports say the death toll is much higher. Both camps were built in July shortly after President Mohamed Mursi was deposed.

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Mursi supporters, police clash in crackdown

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 01:16