At Least 51 Killed In Egyptian Clashes

Source: Sarah Lynch / USA Today

CAIRO — At least 51 people were killed and more than 300 injured when Egyptian soldiers and police clashed with Islamists early Monday at a sit-in by supporters of former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, raising the specter of civil war.

Interim leader Adly Mansour issued a statement Monday expressing “deep sorrow” over the deaths and calling for self-restraint in the interest of the nation.

Significantly, the statement from his office echoed the military’s version of events, noting that the killings followed an attempt to storm the Republican Guard’s headquarters.

Mansour, who was named to the interim post by the Egyptian military after Morsi’s ouster last week, said in the statement read on national TV, that he had ordered an investigation into the deaths.

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