Egyptian police end stand-off with Islamists at mosque
CAIRO (AFP) - The Egyptian police cleared Islamist protesters from a Cairo mosque on Saturday after a stand-off that included exchanges of fire, as the death toll from four days of violence surpassed 750.
Security forces dragged supporters of deposed president Mohamed Mursi from the Al-Fath mosque, passing through angry crowds who tried to beat the Islamists, calling them "terrorists".
The clashes came as the government said 173 people had been killed in the past 24 hours alone, bring the country's death toll to more than 750 since Wednesday, when police cleared two camps of Mursi loyalists in the capital.
According to an AFP tally, at least 1,042 people have been killed since June 26, when Mursi supporters began protesting before mass demonstrations against the Islamist leader that prompted the military to end his single year of turbulent rule on July 3.