Looks like we’re seeing the stage being set for an all-out civil war in Egypt:
FOX NEWS – A defiant Muslim Brotherhood declared it was not backing down Thursday against a crackdown by Egypt’s interim government, vowing to “bring down this military coup” as hundreds of protesters stormed a government building in Cairo and set a fire at its entrance, state television and witnesses say.
Witnesses told Reuters that hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters were also marching in Alexandria to protest Wednesday’s clashes between Egyptian security forces and Brotherhood demonstrators, which left more than 500 dead across the country. Protesters were seen carrying pictures of former President Mohammed Morsi and those killed in the violence. A march in Cairo is slated for the afternoon.
“We will always be non-violent and peaceful. We remain strong, defiant and resolved,” Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad wrote on Twitter, according to Reuters. “We will push until we bring down this military coup.”
The death toll in Wednesday’s violence, which stood at 525, according to the latest Health Ministry figures, made it by far the deadliest day since the 2011 popular uprising that toppled longtime ruler and autocrat Hosni Mubarak. The Health Ministry said Thursday that 3,717 people were also wounded.
The casualties were mostly in Cairo where police in riot gear bulldozed two protest camps that had been the flashpoint of growing unrest following Morsi’s July 3 ouster.
Walid Shoebat’s blog has provided us with an accurate picture of what really happened yesterday in Egypt that stands against the narrative of much of the Western MSM. They translated this article from Al-Seyassah that shows how the violence and chaos in different Egyptian cities was started by the Muslim Brotherhood armed militias:
The Brotherhood – along with their allies, gunmen and militia – took to the streets in various provinces to attack vital installations, security centers and public utilities. At least four churches were burned.
In Cairo, war broke out in the streets between the police and the militiamen of the Brotherhood, who burned police cars and blocked a number of main streets, including street League of Arab States south of the capital, and fired heavily on the security forces, who responded with tear gas canisters.
In Helwan, south of Cairo, Morsi supporters set fire to a police station after they surrounded it and released all of its detainees. Helwan metro station was trashed after being invaded by a large number of these supporters.
After storming a police station in Kerdasa in Giza, they killed one police officer and wounded the deputy warden in an attack by hundreds of Brotherhood members.
In Alexandria, three people were killed and 55 were wounded in clashes between supporters of Morsi and the police. Hundreds of Brotherhood members set fires in parts of the building of the People’s local province, and in Raml trams station. The same happened in the Library of Alexandria and a number of cars in The Time Square were set on fire.
In Matrouh Governorate, northeast of Cairo, supporters of Mursi engaged security forces to try and break into the building of Diwan and the Security building and were able to break into the security building on Military Street, Alexandria, and then set it on fire, burning its contents.
In the province of Fayoum, south of Cairo, confrontations were at their fiercest. At least 35 people were killed and another 126 wounded after they attacked dozens of office buildings in the province and looted its contents while wounding 21 in clashes in the cities of Zagazig and Abu Kabir. In the eastern province, security forces responded to the attack by the Brotherhood against the city’s police department after it was set ablaze. Three prisoners fled and some weapons were seized.
The clashes spread to the Suez Governorate, killing at least five people and wounding 40 others while Morsi supporters were trying to storm a government building. Citizens formed a human shield to protect Coptic Christians at Sidky and Military positions in the streets from attacks by the Brotherhood.
In Qaliubiya, northeast of Cairo, security forces foiled an attempt by Morsi supporters to block Agriculture Street and the attacks on police stations and arrested 10 of them.
In the meantime, supporters of Mursi stormed the Building Cabinet of the province of Buhayrah, north of Cairo and set fire to some of its contents. Two police cars, a car that belonged to the central security forces, along with armored vehicles were set on fire before police could respond. These violent clashes resulted in the death of a young man and injuries to 37 others, including 30 from the police.
In Kafr Al-Shaikh governorate, north of Cairo, Morsi supporters cut off the international road in front of the coastal city of Baltim and prevented the passage of cars on both sides, which led to clashes that killed a woman and injured 212 people, including 12 from live bullets.
The clashes spread to the province of Beni Suef, south of Cairo, killing five people and injuring about 150 others when protesters stormed the governorate building, while cutting off the railway which led to the suspension of the movement of trains between Cairo and Aswan.
In the province of Minya, south of Cairo, one person was killed and two others wounded during clashes with police while Mursi supporters were trying to storm the police station at Abukerkas.
In Sohag, south of Cairo, two people were killed and eight others were injured, including three constables, dozens of gunmen from the Brotherhood forces opened fire on the police and citizens at the culture centre.”
Indeed. The AP is already reporting this morning that members of the Muslim Brotherhood have already set fire another building this morning:
BREAKING: Supporters of Egypt's ousted president set fire to government building in Giza.
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 15, 2013