Death Toll Rises in Egypt Clashes

4:46 AM, Jul 27, 2013   |    comments
Mohd Asfan, AFP/Getty Images A Malaysian Islamist holds a poster of ousted Egyptian President Morsi./USA TODAY
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CAIRO (AP) - Clashes between security forces and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi have now killed nearly 40 people.

A doctor at the Islamist-led rally in Cairo says the overnight night clashes have overwhelmed the field hospital operating from the sit-in where the protesters have been camped for over three weeks.

Police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of Morsi supporters near the sit-in, setting off clashes that lasted for hours- in a possible sign of a new intolerance for marches that block city streets.

The clashes erupted following a day when millions took to the streets answering a call from the army chief, who said he wanted a mandate to stop "potential terrorism" by Morsi supporters.








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