CAIRO (AP) — Clashes raged around Cairo on Friday as supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi took the streets by the tens of thousands demanding his return to office. The violence started in the afternoon, when Islamist protesters marched on the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo and troops guarding the facility opened fire.
After nightfall, a crowd of Morsi supporters marched across Cairo's 6th of October Bridge over the Nile River and attacked opponents of the ousted leader massed near central Tahrir Square and outside the state TV headquarters.
The result was several hours of battles. Islamists in helmets put up homemade shields of corrugated iron, trading volleys of stones. Gunshots rang out, the sound of shotguns and even automatic weapons. Flames leaped from a car set on fire at the top of an exit ramp from the bridge. Fireworks thrown by the anti-Morsi side flashed in the night.
Amdi the battle, seven military armored personnel carriers raced across the bridge to chase away the Morsi supporters and deploy at the TV building. Along the way, youth jumped on the vehicles' roofs, shouting insults at the Islamists.
Here's a gallery of images from the country's violence.
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