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Egypt '50 Dead' in Clashes Amid Rival Demonstrations

Egypt '50 Dead' in Clashes Amid Rival Demonstrations

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The BBC's Quentin Sommerville: "Egypt's deep divisions were brutallyexposed"(
6 October 2013At least 50 people have been killed and scores hurt in Egypt in clashes betweenpolice and supporters of the deposed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
More than 200 members of the Muslim Brotherhood were arrested in Cairo, wheremost of the deaths were reported.Supporters of Mr Morsi marched in several cities, as the military-backed governmentmarked the 40th anniversary of 
 
.Morsi supporters say he was deposed in a military coup in July.
'Critical time'
Hundreds of people had gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square to celebrate theanniversary.
 
Jets and Apache helicopters flew overhead in formation, as part of a grand display of military hardware by the government.The crowd cheered the flypasts, a number of people carrying portraits of defence chief Gen Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Some want him to stand as Egypt's next president.But the BBC's Quentin Sommerville in Cairo says supporters of Mr Morsi also took tothe streets in their thousands, trying to make their way to the square and calling GenSisi a murderer.Security forces used tear gas and fired into the air to stop them.The rival protests in Cairoturned into running street battlesMore than 200 membersof the Muslim Brotherhood have been arrested in connection with the violence, anEgyptian security source told BBC Arabic.
 
Supporters of the militaryhave been converging on Tahrir Square to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war President Mansour laid awreath as part of planned commemorationsEgyptian society remainspolarised by the military overthrow of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in July.

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