JNN 03 July 2013 Cairo : 16 people have been killed and 781 wounded in violence across Egypt since Sunday, according to the health ministry.
Nine of the deaths took place in Cairo and seven in the governorates of Alexandria, Beni Suef, Kafr El-Sheikh, Fayoum and Assiut.
Eight of the nine Cairo deaths happened as violence flared outside the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in the suburb of Moqattam, when those inside fired at youth hurling petrol bombs and stones at the building.
The four-storey headquarters was overrun and ransacked by dozens of youths on Monday morning following a night of deadly violence which the Islamist group blamed on “thugs.”
Opposition demonstrators set fire to the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters in Egyptian city of Hilwan amid reports of clashes between opponents and supporters of President Mohamed Morsi in other Egyptian cities.
Also in Cairo, 23-year-old man died “from pneumonia and shortness of breath” outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace, a focal point of Sunday’s million-strong rallies against Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.
Millions of Egyptians took to the streets across the country on Sunday to call for Morsi to step down, while tens of thousands of the president’s mostly Islamist backers have been camped out for the fourth consecutive day outside a local mosque in Cairo in support of his electoral mandate.
Factional rivalries have triggered street fighting across Egypt over the past week, with mounting fears of further violence over the coming days of demonstrations.
On Sunday, three protesters were shot dead in Upper Egypt’s Assiut in clashes between supporters and opponents of the beleaguered president.
One protester was killed in similar deadly clashes in Egypt’s second city of Alexandria, one in the Nile Delta’s Kafr El-Sheikh, one in Beni Suef and one in Fayoum.
In Alexandria, a woman died on Monday after succumbing to injuries sustained on Friday. She had been accidentally shot by a birdshot pellet while standing on her balcony watching clashes between rival demonstrations in the Mediterranean city.
Informed sources say the Egyptian army’s has drafted a road map to end the political crisis in the country by suspending the constitution and dissolving the parliament.
The army issued a 48-hour ultimatum on Monday for President Mohamed Morsi to reach a power-sharing compromise with the opposition by Wednesday, before the armed forces intervene with a road map.
On Tuesday, the Egyptian president’s office said Morsi and his Prime Minister Hisham Kandil had held talks for the second day with Chief of the Armed Forces General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who has noted that wasting more time will lead to deeper political division in the country.
Meanwhile, the June 30 Front, an opposition umbrella group, announced that it had picked the leading opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei to represent them in talks for the political transition.
The Front “entrusts ElBaradei with the responsibility to ensure the execution of the Egyptian people’s demands and to draft a scenario that aims at the complete implementation of the road map for the political transition,” the opposition group said in an English statement.
Morsi, however, has dismissed the deadline, saying he will pursue his own plans for national reconciliation.
The Muslim Brotherhood, to which Morsi’s party belongs, has called for acts of martyrdom to stop what it described as a coup.
The Egyptian Alliance Party also voiced its opposition against the use of army to attack the government.
Meanwhile, Morsi’s ministers of foreign affairs, legal affairs, tourism, environment, and communications as well as two presidency and one cabinet spokesmen have tendered their resignations in the past two days.
On Tuesday, anti-government protesters packed Cairo’s Liberation Square once again to renew calls on Morsi to step down. Pro-Morsi demonstrators also took to the streets to back him against the opposition.
At least 16 have been killed since Sunday in clashes between Morsi supporters and his opponents who accuse him of manipulating power and blame him for failing to bring about the political and economic changes demanded during the 2011 revolution.