173 more die in Egypt clashes
18 August, 2013
CAIRO: A son of the leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood was killed during protests against the army-backed interim government, the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party said on Saturday as the death toll rose to 173 in the last two days, reports NBC News.
Ammar Badie, son of Mohammed Badie, was shot dead in Cairo's Ramses Square on Friday, the party said on its website.
He died near the al-Fath mosque, which was turned into a makeshift field hospital for injured protesters.
Gunfire erupted on Saturday near the mosque, where some protesters had barricaded themselves inside while riot police and plain clothes officers with sticks stood guard.
Police and someone inside the mosque's minaret exchanged gunfire at about 1:45 pm local time (7:45 am ET).
Army officers outside told people to "run" when the shooting began, according to a tweet by Abigail Hauslohner, The Washington Post's Cairo bureau chief, who was there.
Ammar Badie, a 38-year-old, computer engineer, is survived by his wife and two children.
It is not known where his father currently is, Reuters said. Mohammed Badie has been charged with inciting violence and faces a trial that starts on August 25.
Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi has proposed the legal dissolution of the Brotherhood - a move that would force it underground and could lead to a broad crackdown. "It is being studied currently," government spokesman Sherif Shawky said, according to The Associated Press.
Shawky also said on State TV on Saturday that 173 people had been killed and more than 1,000 wounded in violence across Egypt since yesterday's protests began.
Shawki added that 57 police officers had been killed and 503 had been injured since Wednesday when security forces moved to clear the pro-Muslim Brotherhood protest camps in Cairo.
More than 1,000 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood movement were arrested during the protests on Friday, Egypt's Interior Ministry said in a statement Saturday.
Egyptian state TV reported on Saturday that the son of Hassan Malek, another Brotherhood leader, was among those arrested, Reuters said.
Police also detained Brotherhood politician Gamal Heshmat, according to a statement from the Anti Coup Alliance. Heshmat is a leading member of the Freedom and Justice Party.
The crisis began after Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected leader, was ousted by the military on July 3.
An interim government has been set up and has promised to restore democracy to the country. However, some believe it has essentially returned to military rule.
A statement on the Muslim Brotherhood's website called for people to return to the streets every day for a week.
The statement, which said it was issued by the "Anti-Coup, Pro-Legitimacy National Alliance," praised the "masses of patriotic Egyptians" who protested on Friday across the country.