Egypt street battles leave at least 64 dead
CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's capital descended into chaos on Friday as vigilantes at neighbourhood checkpoints battled Muslim Brotherhood-led protesters denouncing the ouster of President Mohamed Mursi and a deadly crackdown. The fiercest street clashes the city has seen in more than two years of turmoil left more than 60 people dead, including several policemen.
The sight of residents firing at one another marked a dark turn in the conflict, as civilians armed with pistols and assault rifle clashed with protesters taking part in what the Muslim Brotherhood called a "Day of Rage", ignited by anger at security forces for clearing two sit-in demonstrations on Wednesday in clashes that killed more than 600 people.
Military helicopters circled overhead as residents furious with the Brotherhood protests pelted them with rocks and glass bottles. The two sides also fired on one another, sparking running street battles throughout the capital's residential neighbourhoods.
There was little hope that an evening curfew would curb the violence as the Muslim Brotherhood called on supporters of the country's ousted Islamist President, Mr Mursi, to stage daily protests.