At least 37 killed across Egypt in new clashes

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Associated Press

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 16 at 12:34 PM

CAIRO (AP) — At least 37 people are now reported dead in new clashes across Egypt today, including some police officers.

The fighting broke out as tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters took to the streets, protesting the violence that followed Wednesday's raid by authorities on two encampments of followers of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. Those clashes killed more than 600 people.

Today, Brotherhood supporters have been doing battle with vigilante residents who have armed themselves and set up roadblocks, trying to stop the protests by the Islamist group. Carrying pistols and assault rifles, the residents confronted protesters taking part in what the Brotherhood called the "Day of Rage."

As military helicopters circled overhead, residents pelted the Brotherhood protesters with rocks and glass bottles. The two sides also fired on one another, sparking running street battles.

Police in uniform were nowhere to be seen as civilians fired at one another on a bridge in Cairo that crosses over an upscale island neighborhood where many foreigners and ambassadors live.

Security officials say at least 12 people were killed in Ramses Square, near the country's main train station, after protesters clashed with residents in the area.

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GRAPHICSBANK: Egyptian army soldiers take their positions on top and next to their armored vehicles while guarding an entrance to Tahrir square, Cairo, Egypt, partial graphic (16 Aug 2013)

APPHOTO HAS160: Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi carry a wounded man during clashes with Egyptian security forces in Ramses Square, downtown Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. Gunfire rang out over a main Cairo overpass and police fired tear gas as clashes broke out after tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters took to the streets Friday across Egypt in defiance of a military-imposed state of emergency following the country's bloodshed earlier this week. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) (16 Aug 2013)

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APPHOTO HAS159: Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi carry a wounded man during clashes with Egyptian security forces in Ramses Square, downtown Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. Gunfire rang out over a main Cairo overpass and police fired tear gas as clashes broke out after tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters took to the streets Friday across Egypt in defiance of a military-imposed state of emergency following the country's bloodshed earlier this week. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) (16 Aug 2013)

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