CAIRO (CBSDC/AP) – A reported 51 protesters and three members of the Egyptian police and army lost their lives in a clash with Islamist protesters following the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi – with death tolls possibly on the rise.
According to CBS News, the deadly conflict took place outside a Republican Guard building in Cairo. The incident is said to be the deadliest since Morsi was forced out of power.
Different sides offered varied accounts of how the trouble began Tuesday, with stories ranging from unprovoked attacks on protesters to assaults on members of the military.
Over 400 people were reportedly wounded during the massive three-hour fight.
The country has been roiled in recent weeks by ongoing demonstrations between protesters trying to oust Morsi and Islamists seeking to keep him in power. After he was removed from power, Morsi loyalists fought back, leading to the bloody clashes.
Andrew Pochter, of Chevy Chase, Md., was killed late last month in Alexandria during clashes between government supporters and opponents. His family said in a statement that he was stabbed by a protester while observing the demonstrations.
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