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BREAKING -Morsi Declares State of Emergency in Egypt Hours After Seven People Die in Fresh Clashes (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

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"I promised not to take extraordinary measures unless I was forced to, and here I am doing so. I announce a state of emergency in the cities of Ismailia, Suez and Port Said for a period of 30 days," Morsi said in his televised address on Sunday

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Angelika R (143)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 1:59 pm
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has declared a 30-day state of emergency in Egypt after ongoing clashes and protests led to the deaths of 49 people and left hundreds injured. Seven people were killed in the town of Port Said on Sunday.

Morsi also set curfews in Port Said, Suez, Ismailia, where there have been clashes.

"I promised not to take extraordinary measures unless I was forced to, and here I am doing so. I announce a state of emergency in the cities of Ismailia, Suez and Port Said for a period of 30 days," President Morsi said in his televised address on Sunday evening.

"I instructed interior ministry officials to strictly deal with whoever threatens people and public and private institutions," he said.

The state of emergency would start at midnight.

"The protection of the nation is the responsibility of everyone. We will confront any threat to its security with force and firmness within the remit of the law," Mursi said.

Meanwhile shortly after the state of emergency was declared some 200 people marched in the streets of Ismailia, Reuters reported citing witnesses. "Down with Mursi, down with the state of emergency," they chanted.

18-year-old Abdel Rahman Farag was killed by a gunshot wound to the chest, the head of Port Said hospitals told Reuters. No immediate details were available about the other two victims. More than 416 people suffered from teargas inhalation, while 17 sustained gunshot wounds, he said.

“There are still bloody and chaotic scenes in Port Said…the army has been deployed…eyewitnesses say they see tanks on the street at the moment," journalist Bel Trew, who is in Cairo, told RT.

Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed El-Beltagy has urged Egyptian authorities to "step in with full strength in order to prevent the killing of civilians."

Thousands of people turned out for the funerals of 35 rioters who were killed in Port Said on Saturday. The mourners shouted,"There is no God but Allah, and Morsi is God's enemy" after praying for the dead at the city's Mariam Mosque. Teargas was fired in the vicinity and gunfire was heard nearby. Emergency vehicle sirens were also heard, a witness told Reuters.

Thousands of demonstrators also gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Sunday. Protesters threw petrol bombs at riot police who responded by firing teargas.

Rallies have been taking place in Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and half a dozen other places, many of which have become violent. Protesters have taken to the streets in greater numbers following Saturday’s death sentence verdicts over a stadium stampede last February.

Watch more from Cairo's Tahrir Square: >> Video

. (0)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 2:20 pm
Egypt will never be the same again. The countries who are fighting for freedom need to look at what what lack of political focus, lack of moral cause , aimless rioting can do to a country that is ripe for a political take over.
Egypt is the political tragedy of the 20th Century.

David C (131)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 2:51 pm

Süheyla C (234)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 3:36 pm
Thank you Angelika

Alexander Werner (53)
Monday January 28, 2013, 11:35 am
Islamists are proving again and again, that the only thing they know to do well is to destroy.

Stan B (123)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 12:54 am
Well said, Bob. Stand by for the Egyptian civil war.
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