Dozens killed and injured in Egypt

Egypt faced a descent into chaos last night as violent clashes broke out across the country leaving at least 17 dead and dozens more injured,according to the Telegraph.

An army spokesman later said only blanks were used and there were a large number of injuries.

At least one body was filmed being carried away, and the "Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party" reported five dead.

As the day progressed, attack helicopters flew low over both pro- and anti-Morsi rallies in a show of strength. However, there was little security in front of some of the most sensitive areas, including Tahrir Square where anti-Morsi crowds continued to celebrate his downfall.

When it reached the October 6 bridge between Tahrir Square and the state television station," Brotherhood leaders" ordered it to head to join up with the Rabaa al-Adawiya protest.

But a large group of younger protesters headed to Tahrir Square, throwing stones and there was the sound of shots being fired. One man was driven away with wounds to the face.

The interim president, chief justice Adly Mansour, also announced the dissolution of the Shura, or upper house of parliament, the last Islamist-dominated government institution.

In other parts of the country, police stations and government buildings came under attack from "Brotherhood" protesters. In the north Sinai town of El-Arish, two policemen were killed when the building they were guarding came under fire from men on a motorbike.


Amnesty: Zionist entity Must Stop Bullying Palestinian Activists

Amnesty International condemned the Zionist entity  for "unrelenting campaign” of harassments of Palestinian rights activists, including Nariman Tamimi, who was placed under partial house arrest to prevent her taking part in peaceful protests, according to FNA.

This is the "latest in a litany of human rights violations against Nariman Tamimi, her family, and her fellow villagers. These arbitrary restrictions should be lifted immediately and the charges should be dropped," Middle-East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International Philip Luther said on Thursday.

Tamimi was arrested along with another activist Rana Hamadi on Friday last week, when villagers of Nabi Saleh walk towards a nearby spring in protest against the loss of their land, Alalam reported.

"They have been denied the basic human right to peacefully protest over land illegally seized by Israeli settlers, and the" Israeli judiciary" has used spurious legal tools to punish them for exercising their basic human right to peaceful protest," Luther stated.

According to Amnesty International, Tamimi and Hamadi have been charged with being in a "closed military zone." The trial is scheduled for Tuesday July 9.


Occupation Forces Detain 8 Palestinians in Ramallah Village

Israeli occupation  forces raided on Thursday the Budrus village in the central West Bank district of Ramallah and al-Bireh, detaining eight Palestinians, according  to  FNA.

Those detained were identified as Abdullah Shukri Awad, Ahmad Shukri Awad, Saadat Shaban Awad, Kamal Hassan Ali, Nasser Marar, Asrar Yousef Ibrahim, Mohammad Naem Marar, and Mohammad Abed al-Karim, Ma'an reported.

The occupation forces  also issued warrants for six Palestinians, ordering them to turn themselves in after they were not found after raiding their homes.


Adli Mansour Sworn in as Egypt’s Interim President

CAIRO- The chief justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, Adli Mansour, has been sworn in as interim president of Egypt, according to Press TV.

 “I swear to preserve the system of the republic, and respect the constitution and law, and guard the people’s interests,” Mansour said on Thursday as he took the oath of office at a ceremony in the Supreme Constitutional Court building in the capital, Cairo.

During his speech, army-mandated Mansour hailed the military and police in dealing with the political crisis facing the country.

Late Wednesday, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the head of Egypt’s army, announced that President Mohamed Morsi was no longer in office during a speech on state television.

Sisi said Morsi had failed to meet the demands of the people.

Adli Mansour vowed to lead a “modern, constitutional, national and civil country.”

Mansour went on to say that the Muslim Brotherhood is a “part of the nation” and invited the party to “share in building the country.”

Having served as deputy head of the Supreme Constitutional Court since 1992, Mansour was named chief of the court in May 2013 and took up his post on July 1.

Mansour also suspended the country’s constitution, saying that new parliamentary elections will be held.

Morsi’s ouster came after days of massive anti-government protests across the country.

Morsi, is being held by the authorities, a Muslim Brotherhood spokesman and a security official said on Thursday, according to the Voice of Russia.

Ahmed Aref, the Brotherhood spokesman, said both Morsi and Essam El-Haddad, a senior aide, were being held but he did not know where.

A security official said they were being held at a military intelligence facility.

"Morsi and the entire presidential team are under house arrest in the Presidential Republican Guards Club," Gehad El-Haddad, the son of a top Morsi aide, told AFP.

Haddad's father, Essam El-Haddad, widely seen as Morsi's right-hand man, was among those held, he added.

H. Mustafa

Regional Developments in Syria's favour: Abdullahian

TEHRAN-  Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hussein Amir Abdulahian has stressed that the accelerating developments in the region are in favour of Syria, as they proved the rightness of the Syrian-Iranian stances on the region's causes and on the confrontation of the Western-American scheme which has been aiming at fragmenting the region to serve  the Zionist entity's interests.

Abdullahian's remarks were made  on Wednesday during his meeting with Syria's Ambassador to Iran Adnan Mahmoud.

Abdullahian reiterated his country's strong and firm support for the region's resistance front in which Syria is positioned at the frontline, urging continuous action to consolidate Syria's steadfastness in all domains.

The Iranian diplomat held the regional and international parties, which have provided financial and arms support for terrorism in Syria, responsible for killing the Syrian people and threatening the region's security and stability. He stressed that these parties aim at undermining the efforts exerted so far  to hold the international conference on Syria to solve the crisis through unconditional national dialogue.

"The recent changes in stances on the Syrian issue at the regional and international arenas, are a reflection to the strategic victories attained by the Syrian Arab Army and the steadfastness of the Syrian people and institutions in the face of Syria's enemies, Abdullahian said.

For his part, Ambassador Mahmoud affirmed that all the parties participating in the aggression, conspiracy and inciting against Syria, are now paying the price for their destructive behavior, pointing out that the enemies' attempts to create sedition among the Syrians found no fertile soil in Syria and Iran as it is strange to the Syrian society's values and civilization.

Mahmoud reiterated that the coming era will witness more cooperation between Syria and Iran, particularly in economy, and more consolidation of the elements of steadfastness in the confrontation of the blatant economic war against Syria.

H. Mustafa