At least nine people on Monday were killed and 86 injured in Cairo as well as neighboring governorates of Giza and Qalioubiya, in clashes between supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s health ministry said in statement on Tuesday.
Violence erupted overnight near Cairo University in Giza, where supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood organization have been camping since the army-backed government came to power after deposing Morsi on July 3, following nationwide protests against his government.
Egypt’s state-run Al-Ahram newspaper said six were killed in clashes in Giza, while the rest were killed in Qalioubiya and at Cairo's Tahrir Square.
About 100 people are estimated to have been killed so far in the violence, which erupted since an interim administration headed by Adli Mansour, the head of Egypt’s constitutional court, took charge soon after Morsi’s ouster.
On Monday, Morsi’s family said Egypt’s army chief Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who ordered the former president’s detention, is an “international criminal” and announced plans to move an international court seeking legal action.
At a news conference on Monday, Morsi's daughter Shaimaa Morsi criticized the military for spearheading “a destructive military coup” and accused Gen. al-Sisi of kidnapping her father, Al-Ahram reported.
“I hold El-Sisi responsible for anything that happens to my father's health while he is in captivity,” she said, adding that his imprisonment is “a criminal act against human rights.”
The former president's son, Osama Morsi, said his family is prepared to move to the International Criminal Court, based in The Hague, Netherlands, and threatened al-Sisi of repercussions for imprisoning Morsi.
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