At least one person was killed when Egyptian riot police stormed Cairo’s Tahrir Square late on Tuesday to disperse stone-throwing protesters, a health ministry official said.
Egyptian security forces held off yesterday from launching operations to disperse Islamist supporters of deposed President Mohammed Mursi that officials had said would start at dawn.
Egypt's authorities yesterday formally detained Mohammed Mursi on suspicion of collaborating with Palestinian militants in murdering policemen and staging prison breaks, as tens of thousands of the deposed president's supporters and opponents staged rival rallies.
Egypt’s army chief called on Wednesday for rallies to back a crackdown on “terrorism and violence”, in comments Islamists denounced as a call to “civil war” ahead of their own protests.
Prominent liberal Egyptian leader Dr Mohamed ElBaradei was sworn in yesterday as Egypt's interim vice-president for foreign relations. Nabil Fahmy, a former ambassador to the United States, will take the post of foreign minister in the new cabinet, which replaces ousted president Mohammed Mursi's government.
The army also suspends the constitution after a week of deadly clashes and mass protests calling for Mursi to go after a year in office. US President Barack Obama said he was “deeply concerned” over Mursi’s ouster and called on the army to refrain to “arbitrary arrests” of Mursi and his supporters.