Egyptian protesters throw stones and molotov bombs inside the presidential palace in Cairo, Feb. 8, 2013. Egyptian protesters and hundreds of saboteurs attacked Al-Etehadeya presidential palace after protesting against president Mohamed Morsi earlier Friday morning, riot police responded later by teargas and water canons. Opposition movements and parties organised anti-Morsi rallies around the country on Friday. (Xinhua/Amru Salahuddien)
CAIRO, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- At least 126 were injured Friday in clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters in different parts of Egypt as protesters took to main streets and public squares nationwide.
"A total of 126 people were injured nationwide. Some 67 were injured in Gharbiya governorate, 80 km north of Cairo, with seven others in Alexandria, seven in Kafr el-Sheikh governorate, four in Sharqiya governorate and four outside the presidential palace in Cairo," health ministry spokesman Ahmed Omar told Xinhua.
Omar added that the injuries varied between cuts, burns, suffocations and fractures, noting some presidential security men were reportedly injured by birdshots but it had not yet been confirmed.
At el-Mahalla city in Gharbiya, violent clashes took place between security men and protesters who tried to break down the gate of the city council. The security men dispersed them with tear gas bombs but skirmishes were still going on, which paralyzed traffic and forced stores to shut down in the area.
On the other hand, a number of protesters attempted to attack the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) and also the police directorate at Gharbiya governorate, around 80 km north of Cairo, but security forces managed to disperse them.
In Cairo, protesters attempted to remove barbed wires around the presidential palace in Cairo and climb the palace gate, while others hurled stones at the palace.
The presidential guards retreated and gathered inside the palace to avoid clashes with protesters, while protesters, mostly minors, attempted to hurl stones and fireworks inside the palace but fellow protesters prevented them to avoid clashes with security forces, Xinhua cameraman reported from the scene.
The situation escalated as some protesters set fire to one of the palace gates which led to burning a nearby tree inside the palace, according to official news agency MENA.
Near Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square, a number of protesters tried to pull down the wall separating between protesters and the interior ministry, but the situation was finally controlled after some skirmishes between protesters and security forces.
In Alexandria, violent clashes took place between security forces and protesters who attempted to break into Sedi Gaber police station in Abou Qir area, while the police tried to disperse them with tear gas.
Similarly, violent clashes erupted in Kafr el-Sheikh governorate, 125 km north of Cairo, as protesters attempted to break into the governorate headquarters, which led the security forces to use tear gas bombs against the protesters who stormed stones in their direction, eyewitnesses told Xinhua. The police arrested three of the protesters over charges of inciting riot and violence.
In Minufiya's Shibin el-Kom city, around 75 km north of Cairo, around 250 protesters attempted to break into the governorates' headquarters but the security men dealt with them and foiled their attempt without injuries. At the same time, other protesters some of the governorate local councils and institutions but security forces managed to control the situations.
The clashes took place across the country as thousands of held anti-government demonstrations nationwide demanding sacking the current "unqualified" government, interior minister and prosecutor- general, as well as trial of those responsible for the deaths of over 50 protesters in recent clashes with security forces.
The demonstrations, dubbed "Friday of Dignity" or "Friday of Departure," condemned the recent police aggression against a protester who was beaten up and stripped before being dragged to a police vehicle.
The protesters raised signs and chanted statements against President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood group.
CAIRO, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's Prime Minister Hesham Qandil on Monday invited all Egyptians to focus on work, construction and production instead of constant demonstrations, while stressing peaceful protest is a guaranteed constitutional right for all Egyptians.
"Let's build the country together. This is an invitation for the Egyptian people and political parties. Let's massively gather for work and production to show the whole world that Egypt is safe and peaceful," Qandil said during a Monday meeting with media professionals. Full story
CAIRO, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's main opposition bloc the National Salvation Front (NSF) announced in a statement Saturday its support for the demands of protesters and the peaceful means to achieve it, official news agency MENA reported.
"We support all forms of peaceful expression to achieve these demands," the front said in the statement issued after its leaders held talks at the liberal Free Egyptian Party headquarters in Cairo, urging citizens to peacefully protest across the country " in defense of the dignity of the Egyptian citizen." Full story