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51 Dead in as Egyptians Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Yom Kippur War

The sound of heavy gunfire was reported, as well as army jets and F-16 fighters hovering in formations over several cities.
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Deadly clashes erupted in Cairo on Sunday as pro-Morsi marches protesting the military junta rule headed to Tahrir Square, where thousands were cheering the same junta, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the army’s 1973 “victory” against Israel.

Confrontations there and outside Cairo resulted so far in the death toll rising to 51, according to Al Ahram, with 268 injured.

Egypt’s Interior Ministry said security forces arrested 423 people during clashes in Cairo and Giza.

The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, a coalition of Islamist forces supporting deposed president Mohamed Morsi, said at least 11 had been killed in clashes with security forces in Ramses Street in central Cairo.

Official news agency MENA also reported that gunshots were heard amidst the clashes on Ramses Street.

Backers of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood have staged thousand-strong marches in several parts of Cairo, Giza and other governorates, Al Ahram reported.

Rallies took a violent turn in central Cairo’s Garden City and Giza’s Dokki district, where police fired rounds of teargas after local residents clashed during pro-Morsi protests heading towards Tahrir, eyewitnesses and Ahram Online reporters said. The sound of heavy gunfire was later reported, as well as army jets and F-16 fighters hovering in formations over Cairo, Alexandria and other cities.

Each year, Egypt’s army traditionally celebrates the state holiday commemorating the October war against Israel—which eventually led to the recovery of the Sinai Peninsula through peace negotiations—with military performances and flyovers.

Egypt has been gripped by prolonged violence since the overthrow of Morsi on 3 July after mass demonstrations against his turbulent year in office.

The ouster of the former elected president, which was part of a roadmap agreed upon by many political groups and the armed forces, has enraged Islamists who have denounced the move as a violation of democratic “legitimacy.”

Hundreds were killed on 14 August when security forces moved to forcibly disperse two protest camps set up by Morsi loyalists in Cairo and Giza, unleashing days of violent turmoil and deepening polarization.

Militants elsewhere have taken up arms against the state. The army has been battling an insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula, adjoining Israel and the Palestinian Gaza Strip, where Islamist terrorists have mounted almost daily attacks on security and army targets, killing dozens.

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15 Responses to “51 Dead in as Egyptians Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Yom Kippur War”

  1. ZOISR12 says:

    ASoldiersMother Not clear they did. If goal was to regain Sinai, they succeeded. As war opened door for US & Kissinger to squeeze Israel.

  2. ASoldiersMother says:

    ZOISR12 clearly they lost. Their goal was to destroy Israel, regain at least Sinai – they failed on both counts, later concessions separate

  3. ZOISR12 says:

    ASoldiersMother 1) Unclear Egypt realistically expected more than Sinai in ’73. 2) Israel ceding Sinai at Camp David directly related 1/2

  4. ZOISR12 says:

    ASoldiersMother Egypt military defeat opened door for US relations w/ Egypt, instead of USSR. US paid for relations w/ Egypt w/ the Sinai.

  5. ASoldiersMother says:

    ZOISR12 even if they only wanted Sinai, they were handed an embarrassing defeat as we surrounded part of their army.

  6. ZOISR12 says:

    ASoldiersMother True, Egypt was defeated militarily, but Israel was defeated both politically, as well as in ultimately losing the Sinai.

  7. ZOISR12 says:

    ASoldiersMother “Diplomacy is war by other means.” Israel’s conceding the Sinai in ’79 was directly linked to the events of ’73.

  8. ZOISR12 says:

    ASoldiersMother #Israel could have “wiped Egypt’s army,” having had entire 3rd Egyptian army surrounded, but was not allowed to by #US.

  9. ASoldiersMother says:

    ZOISR12 we have 2 discussions going and we are agreeing on both. Whatever post-73, militarily they lost and have nothing to celebrate

  10. ZOISR12 says:

    ASoldiersMother True, but neither does Israel – so it wasn’t really a victory for us either. (And, we ended up losing the Sinai.)

  11. ASoldiersMother says:

    ZOISR12 I didn’t say we won, I said they lost. I am a firm believer that no one wins in war, even the side that comes out ahead militarily

  12. Adam Goldenberg says:

    What a bunch of idiots, lol. Celebrating their loss in battle, just too funny.

  13. Adam Goldenberg says:

    What a bunch of idiots, lol. Celebrating their loss in battle, just too funny.

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