6 December 2012

Egypt: Republican Guard Forces Beef Up Security Around Al-Ittihadiya Palace

Republican Guard forces and central security troops boosted presence around al-Ittihadiya Palace on Thursday 6/12/2012 morning after a night of bloody clashes and street battles between supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi.

The Republican Guard forces deployed five tanks and six armored vehicles at Merghani Street and three tanks and four armored vehicles at the gateway of the palace overlooking Ibrahim el-Laqani Street.

Central security units were deployed at all entrances of the Palace.

Pro-Morsi demonstrators erected eight tents in the vicinity of the palace at Merghani Street. No anti-Morsi protestors were present.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry deployed around 16 ambulances to secure the protests.

On Tuesday, hundreds of thousands of protesters marched on the Presidential Palace calling for dropping the constitutional declaration and cancelling the December 15 referendum vote.

The march ended peacefully but some protesters announced a sit-in outside the palace.

A day later, supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood headed for the palace and engaged in violent clashes with the protesters, leaving five dead and 446 wounded.

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