Turkish Islamist women protesters chants slogans as they hold posters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi during a pro-Morsi demonstration in front of the Fatih Mosque in Istanbul, on July 8, 2013.
Protests erupted in Egypt’s capital on Monday morning as opposing political camps clashed with Egyptian soldiers and police. At least 51 people were killed and more than 300 were injured when the Egyptian army open fire on supporters of Mohamed Morsy, according to Reuters. Interim leader Adly Mansour read a statement on national TV that he had ordered an investigation into the deaths. The Muslim Brotherhood is now urging Egyptians to rise up against the army, a move that could further divide the country. There are conflicting reports on how the violence started.
Supporters of Morsi said troops attacked their encampment for no reason. On the other hand, the military, said it was under attack first by a gunman who killed two police officers. The clash lasted three hours, according to the Associated Press. Soon after, Al-Nour party, a conservative Islamist party, announced it was removing its support of the new government because of this event.
With the escalating clashes, will the military impose stricter control? Will this further complicate Egypt’s relations with western allies?
Borzou Daragahi, covers North Africa and the Middle East for the Financial Times