Graphic images of the clashes between Egypt's armed forces and anti-military protesters continued to shock the world Sunday, the third consecutive day of street battles in Cairo that have left 10 protesters dead and 505 others injured, 81 of whom have been hospitalized. A total of 106 security force members including three high-ranking officers were also injured as demonstrators hurled stones and crude bombs at the armed forces, the military said.
The protests, which began only a day after the first free elections in Egypt, were triggered when the armed forces stormed an anti-military protest camp outside Egypt's Cabinet building on Friday. Images from the site showed protesters, including women, being tortured by the government security officials, using metal batons and other riot gear. Security officials in plain clothes were seen throwing slabs of concrete and stones at protestors from building tops, while some of the protestors were armed with petrol bombs.
Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi warned Sunday that the violence will push Egypt toward a political and security vacuum, Xinhua News reported.