6 December 2012

Egypt: 5 Dead, 679 Injured in Presidential Palace Scuffles

Egypt's Health Ministry said that 679 were injured and five were killed in scuffles by the presidential palace on Wednesday and Thursday morning.

Additionally, four people were injured in Tahrir and five in Suez, making the total number of injuries and deaths 693.

In a statement, Ahmed Ezz official spokesman of the Health Ministry said that 570 were dismissed from the local hospitals where they were admitted while 118 people still require medical attention.

Political turmoil erupted when President Mohamed Mursi issued a constitutional decree on November 22 shielding his decisions from judicial challenges and escalated as he called for a December 15 referendum on a draft constitution written by an Islamist-dominated assembly.

Thousands of Egyptians marched to the presidential palace on Tuesday to express their outage with the president's decree and the controversial draft charter.

In response, the Muslim Brotherhood called on its, and Mursi's, supporters to head to the presidential palace on Wednesday to teach opposition forces that they cannot "shake legitimacy or forcibly impose their views."

The two parties started clashing after thousands of Mursi supporters headed to the palace on Wednesday afternoon, forced out opponents, taking down their tents and ultimately ending their sit-in.

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