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Tuesday
Jul162013

Clashes in Egypt Leave Several Dead, Hundreds Injured

MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) -- Violent clashes in Egypt have left at least seven dead and more than 250 injured, according to Egypt's health ministry.

The violence erupted Monday night in downtown Cairo and on the outskirts of the capital.  

In Cairo, the fighting took place at a central bridge near Tahrir Square, when supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi blocked it and clashed with police and anti-Morsi protesters.

Five people were also killed fighting in Giza, the area known for Egypt's famous Great Pyramids.

Morsi was ousted by the Egyptian military almost two weeks ago following mass protests across the country that started on June 30, the first anniversary of his inauguration.  The military says it was responding to the will of the people and reject accusations of a military coup.

Monday's clashes came hours after U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns visited the Egyptian capital, saying the country now has a second chance to realize the promise of the 2011 revolution.

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