CAIRO — Egyptian forces secured and cleared a Cairo mosque that had become the epicenter of Saturday’s confrontations between protesters and the military, interior ministry spokesman Hani Abdel-Latif said.
Hundreds of supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsy had been holed up in the Al-Fateh mosque in central Cairo since overnight.
Without food or medical supplies, but fearful of reprisals if they walked out, the protesters earlier rebuffed the military’s request for them to clear the building. The situation escalated as security forces fired at the mosque’s minaret, claiming there were snipers firing at them.
In the end, the security forces were successful in securing the place.
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