Entries in Clashes (8)


Two Days of Libyia Clashes Kill at Least 16

Hemera/Thinkstock (KUFRA, Libyia) -- At least 16 people have been killed in two days of fighting between government troops and tribal fighters in the southern Libyian town of Kufra, BBC News reports.

Government officials said the fighting began after members of the Toubou tribe attacked a checkpoint and tried to steal vehicles from a nearby security building. But Toubou tribe representatives said that security forces attacked them and accused them of trying to "exterminate" them, says the BBC.

Women and children were among the 16 killed and dozens of others were injured in the clashes. Correspondents say the actual death toll could be much higher, according to the BBC.

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Egypt Begins Mourning Those Killed, Injured in Soccer Clashes

AFP/Getty Images(PORT SAID, Egypt) -- Three days of national mourning were declared in Egypt Thursday after 74 people were killed and 1,000 others were injured in violent clashes that erupted at the end of a soccer match the day before.

In what has been described as the worst violence in the country since the riots that led to the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak a year ago, fans of the Masry soccer club rushed the field in the city of Port Said following a 3-1 victory over the favored Ahly club.  Bloody clashes between the two rival groups of fans ensued, with many dying or suffering from blunt trauma to the head.

In response, the Egyptian parliament and cabinet are holding emergency meetings. A protest march is also planned.

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Hillary Clinton Calls for Respect of Egyptians' Rights as Violence Persists

FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Egyptian security forces Sunday to, “respect and protect” the rights of all Egyptians, including the rights to, “peaceful free expression and assembly.”

The call came in the wake of three days of violence in Cairo between military police officers and civilians that left at least 11 dead and hundreds more injured.

The clashes began Friday when military police officers used electric prods and clubs to clear out a small group of citizens conducting a sit-in against the country’s military rule. Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in response.

As people in the streets clash, there appears to be a separate propaganda battle brewing between Egypt’s state-run television and the country's independent media.

State-run television presented a news report Sunday that suggested the protesters who died of bullet wounds had been shot by infiltrators in their ranks, not by security forces.  The New York Times says the government-controlled television also interviewed people it claimed were protesters who had been paid by liberals to attack the military.

The Times reports independent newspapers and satellite channels have reported numerous abuses by military officers and unprovoked attacks on civilians.  Videos posted on YouTube show government forces shooting into crowds and chasing down and beating civilians. In one video, military police are seeing dragging a woman and ripping off her clothes while kicking and stomping her.

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Is Egypt Going Through a Second Revolution?

KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) -- Tahrir Square in Cairo was ground zero for the Egyptian uprising earlier this year that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak, and this past weekend, it was once again the center of unrest as thousands of protesters unhappy with the country’s interim military leadership clashed violently with police and soldiers.

Civilian police and Egyptian soldiers burned down protesters’ tents and used clubs, tear gas and rubber bullets in a two-day effort to clear the square just one week ahead of the start of planned parliamentary elections.  Egypt’s health ministry said at least 20 people were killed and over a thousand injured in the weekend violence.

The cabinet running Egypt’s interim government -- the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces -- has faced incidents of unrest and condemnation since taking power from Mubarak, but various opposition groups now appear to be united in their demand for the end of military rule and an accelerated move to a civilian government.

Parliamentary elections are scheduled to begin next Monday, but they are not expected to be completed until March.  The military has already stated it intends to retain power until long after the voting is completed.

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Nakba Day Marked by Violent Clashes

Antenna Audio, Inc./Getty Images(TEL AVIV) -- On Sunday Palestinians marked “Nakba,” the “catastrophe” of the creation of Israel 63 years ago.

It is an annual day of mourning but tensions have been heightened because of loud calls online for a third intifada, the shooting death of a Palestinian teen in East Jerusalem on Friday allegedly by settlers or their security, general upheaval in the region and the recent unity deal between Fatah and Hamas.

At dawn prayers in Gaza, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeah said Nakba is marked "with great hope of bringing to an end the Zionist project in Palestine."

Sunday saw clashes in Issawiya, Hebron, and outside Ramallah, with demonstrations also taking place in Gaza and the West Bank. 

One person was killed and at least 15 others were injured when a truck plowed and pedestrians in Tel Aviv. The driver of the truck, who has denied that it was an intentional act, was later arrested by police.

Near the Kalandia checkpoint in the West Bank, there were scenes of tires burning and Palestinians throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers. The atmosphere was completed by the smell smoke and tear gas in the air and the sounds of hundreds of protesters and sirens from ambulances driving through the crowd.

Several people were reportedly killed after Israeli forces opened fire on protestors at border crossing points in Gaza, the West Bank, Golan Heights and the frontier with Lebanon, the BBC reports.

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Muslims and Christians Clash in Egypt

KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO, Egypt) -- Violence continued between two religious groups in Cairo, Egypt on Sunday.

A violent encounter erupted just off of Tahrir Square when groups of Coptic Christians tried to stage a sit-in outside of the State TV building and became involved in a clash with some Muslims, according to a report by the Al Ahram newspaper. Both groups reportedly hurled rocks at each other during the clash. It is unknown if anyone was injured in the violence.

The sit-in was reportedly in response to 12 people being killed and 230 people bing injured on Saturday during a march by Salafists near a Coptic church located in a Cairo suburb.

In response to the weekend violence, government officials released a statement on Sunday, saying that an “iron hand” would be used to protect national security.

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Dawn Breaks on a New Day of Protests in Egypt


(CAIRO) -- After a day and night of pitched battles that broke up only as dawn broke, I went back to Tahrir Square with my team Thursday morning to see which way the wind was blowing, because it's shifting all the time here.

What we found were anti-government protestors still in control of Liberation Square, and their resolve only stiffened.  They're manning barricades to the square, and reinforcements are streaming in.  People were bringing new supplies -- bottled water, bread and blankets -- digging in for the long haul.

Around the barricades, they're re-arranging the piles of rocks from Wednesday night to use as weapons if they're attacked.

All over the square, we saw the walking wounded; foreheads, noses, faces bandaged and bloody.  Groups of men sat reading the morning papers, with headlines proclaiming, "Tahrir Square has been turned into a battleground" and "The people remain victorious."

They're exhausted from Wednesday night's battle, and many are sleeping in the grass, resting for another day on the front lines.  They say they won't leave until Mubarak does.  "We have nothing to lose," one man told us.

In an extraordinary move Thursday, the prime minister apologized for Wednesday's violence and promised an investigation.  At this hour, there are reports of a few small clashes at one end of the square, on the 6th of October bridge, the scene of the worst of Wednesday's battle.

But, overall, the anti-government protestors' numbers vastly overwhelm the pro-Mubarak forces here.  Everyone seems to be waiting for Friday, when the protestors have called for all of Egypt to come out after Friday prayers.

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Egpyt Protesters, Mubarak Supporters Clash; Several Killed, Injured

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(CAIRO) -- Thousands in support of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak invaded Tahrir Square in Cairo Wednesday, meeting with opponents of Mubarak's rule and igniting violent clashes between both sides.

At least 10 people have been killed and hundreds of others injured, according to local news reports.  Most of the violence stemmed from stone throwing, clubs and fist fighting.  Protesters assembled in the square are asking doctors and medical workers to come to the aid of those wounded.

ABC News correspondents on the scene reported thousands of people have converged on the square “as if it is the battle ground.”

“People are afraid,” one correspondent told ABC News Wednesday from Cairo.  “Even some of the protesters in the square -- they’re afraid for the stability of the country and they don’t want to see the country sink into chaos.”

The fresh violence comes on the heels of a call by the Egyptian military to end the demonstrations and “restore normal life” as well as President Hosni Mubarak’s announcement that he would step down and would not seek re-election when elections are held in September.

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