VIOLENCE has gripped Egypt for a fifth straight day as Egypt’s main opposition bloc turned down an invitation to hold talks with President Mohamed Morsi and called instead for fresh mass protests.
A man was killed as police and protesters clashed in Cairo and lobbed rocks at each other on a bridge in an underpass leading to the capital’s iconic Tahrir Square as tear gas hung heavily in the air.
The clashes continued sporadically throughout the day, witnesses said, accusing gunmen of opening fire on the demonstrators from rooftops.
“There are many people wounded by gunfire,” Ahmad Doma, an activist at the scene, told AFP in the evening. He blamed the shootings on Muslim Brotherhood-linked militiamen.
A security source said two offices and nine soldiers were also injured in clashes around Tahrir Square, and that protesters torched two personnel carriers.