Standoff at Cairo Mosque-Turned-Makeshift Morgue Follows Clashes
Hundreds of people were caught up early Saturday in a standoff between Islamist supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsy and the Egyptian military at a mosque-turned-makeshift morgue, raising fears of a widening violence that will further push the country into chaos.
The Al-Fateh mosque near Ramses Square in central Cairo has become the latest flashpoint in the growing crisis after more than 1,000 people reportedly sought refuge following Friday’s clashes between protesters primarily aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood and security forces.
Protesters took those killed and wounded in the clashes at the Ramses Square to the mosque, where the Muslim Brotherhood established a makeshift field hospital.
State-run EGYNews, citing military officials, reported that security forces will provide safe passage for those inside the mosque.