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Two people were killed and dozens injured in street fighting on Wednesday north
of Cairo between supporters and opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi,
hours before the Islamist leader was set to address the nation.
Egypt gripped by fears of a showdown between Muslim Brotherhood members and
their opponents, security sources said 90 people were wounded in the city of
Mansoura after hundreds were involved in rock-throwing street skirmishes.
Witnesses heard gunfire and state television showed a man hospitalized with
Similar outbursts of violence, often prompted by one
side or the other staging rallies, have hit towns across the country in recent
days. At least two men died last weekend. The opposition plans mass protests
this weekend, calling for Mursi to resign.
According to information
leaked to Al-Arabiya TV, Morsi was expected to announce late Wednesday evening
that former regime members were plotting against him, and to disclose their
He was also expected to say that opposition leaders such as
Mohamed ElBaradei had rejected concessions that he had offered them, including
In addition, he was set to reject opposition calls
for him to resign or hold early elections, according to the
Meanwhile, the Egyptian paper Al-Masry al-Youm reported on
Wednesday that Sheikh Saber Hamza – a leader of the Islamist Jama’a al-Islamiya
organization’s political wing, the Construction and Development Party – said
that the upcoming opposition protest on June 30 would be “a day of jihad in the
way of Allah and the protection of the Islamic law and the legitimacy of Dr.
He also warned that Christians, secularists and remnants of the
old regime threatened the country’s national security.
Islamist groups in
Egypt are forming vigilante groups ahead of Sunday’s opposition protests. The
groups’ aim is to defend the government’s facilities and prevent any violence,
according to a report in the Egyptian Independent.
A number of opposition
leaders turned down an invitation to attend Morsi’s Wednesday night speech,
according to a report by Ahram Online.
The opposition is demanding early
presidential elections. The National Salvation Front, Egypt’s largest opposition
coalition, said it was also boycotting any talks with the Morsi government.