Dozens Dead in Egypt's 'Day of Rage'

Civilians battle pro-Morsi protesters in gunfights

By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 16, 2013 11:48 AM CDT | Updated Aug 16, 2013 6:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – Supporters of Mohamed Morsi have turned out in force on the streets of Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt in a "day of rage" to protest this week's crackdown. The usual chaos is evident in attempts to get a count on casualties, but a Reuters correspondent reports seeing 27 bodies in Cairo, where the biggest demonstrations were taking place in Ramses Square. The news service reports a total of 50 killed in the city today, and at least 20 additional deaths elsewhere in the nation; the AP reports that 68 have died.

Unlike past clashes between police and protesters, today's include civilians and maybe plainclothes police fighting the Muslim Brotherhood. In fact, few uniformed police officers could be seen as pro-Morsi protesters exchanged shots for hours with neighborhood watchdogs over a bridge in Cairo. Meanwhile, the upper floors of a downtown commercial building caught fire for several hours, but no one was said to be hurt.

Supporters of ousted Mohamed Morsi march toward downtown Cairo.
Supporters of ousted Mohamed Morsi march toward downtown Cairo.   (AP Photo/Thomas Hartwell)
Supporters of Mohamed Morsi carry a wounded man in Ramses Square, Cairo.
Supporters of Mohamed Morsi carry a wounded man in Ramses Square, Cairo.   (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Egyptians mourn over the bodies of their relatives at a mosque in Cairo.
Egyptians mourn over the bodies of their relatives at a mosque in Cairo.   (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Supporters of Mohamed Morsi march toward Old Cairo to bury a colleague Friday.
Supporters of Mohamed Morsi march toward Old Cairo to bury a colleague Friday.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
An Egyptian walks in front of an army armored vehicle that guards an entrance of Tahrir Square in Cairo Friday.
An Egyptian walks in front of an army armored vehicle that guards an entrance of Tahrir Square in Cairo Friday.   (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Egyptians greet army soldiers riding an armored vehicle on its way to secure positions near Torah prison in Cairo.
Egyptians greet army soldiers riding an armored vehicle on its way to secure positions near Torah prison in Cairo.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Supporters of Mohamed Morsi, one holding a newspaper with images from Wednesday's crackdown, march toward downtown Cairo.
Supporters of Mohamed Morsi, one holding a newspaper with images from Wednesday's crackdown, march toward downtown Cairo.   (AP Photo/Thomas Hartwell)
Doctors treat a protester at a mosque in Cairo.
Doctors treat a protester at a mosque in Cairo.   (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi chant slogans in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013.
Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi chant slogans in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013.   (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
A civilian aims his weapon toward supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi as a police officer watches in the Zamalek neighborhood of Cairo Friday, Aug. 16, 2013.
A civilian aims his weapon toward supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi as a police officer watches in the Zamalek neighborhood of Cairo Friday, Aug. 16, 2013.   (AP Photo/Manoocher Deghati)
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