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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Images of Latest Deadly Clashes in Cairo

Video posted online by the Cairo news site El Badil showed clashes late Monday near a central train station between Islamist protesters and police officers backed by men in civilian clothes.

As my colleagues Kareem Fahim and David Kirkpatrick report from Cairo, hours before Egypt's new interim government was sworn in, “at least seven people were killed and more than 200 were injured in overnight clashes between Islamists and Egyptian riot police, health officials said Tuesday.”

Images transmitted from the scene by reporters late Monday showed some of the fighting, which shrouded the downtown Ramses Railway Station with tear gas and smoke from burning tires as supporters of the deposed president, Mohamed Morsi, clashed with officers and young men in civilian clothes who hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails from behind police lines.

A more detailed picture of the fighting emerged from video posted online later by witnesses and photographers from local news sites, including El Badil and Al-Masry Al-Youm.

Video of police officers firing tear gas at Islamist protesters in Cairo late Monday, posted on YouTube by Mohamed El-Zahaby, an activist blogger.

The fighting broke out after thousands of Islamists left their encampment near the defense ministry, blocking the 6 October Bridge, a central artery for the city's traffic that passes by the train station.

Once the clashes began, the Islamists hit police officers with rocks and the officers, backed by men in civilian clothes on the bridge, responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.

Video of clashes late Monday in Cairo posted online by Al-Masry Al-Youm, an independent newspaper.

Video posted online by the Cairo news site El Badil offered clear views of men in civilian clothes hurling rocks at Islamist protesters from behind police lines late Monday.

This post has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: July 16, 2013

An earlier version of this post misspelled in a caption the surname of Mohamed El-Zahaby, the activist blogger who posted a video of police officers firing tear gas.