Report: Hundreds of Morsi backers leave Cairo mosque

August 17, 2013 11:07


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Hundreds of anti-government protesters in Egypt have reportedly left the Al-Fath mosque in Cairo, which has been ringed by security forces since late last night after supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi barricaded themselves.

According to Israel Radio, local media are reporting that security forces fired tear gas into the mosque and that hundreds of pro-Morsi protesters left.

Reports indicate that authorities are trying to convince the remaining Islamists who have barricaded themselves in the mosque to leave. The protesters, however, are demanding that security forces pledge that no harm comes to them if they surrender.

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