Cairo protesters clash with police

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

Islamist supporters of the former President Mohamed Morsi clashed in Cairo, Egypt with police forces. At least nine policemen and soldiers were wounded by a hand grenade and a police general was killed as pro-Morsi protesters grew hostile in Kerdasa, on the capital’s outskirts. Interior Ministry spokesman Hany Abdel Latif said, “The security forces will not retreat until Kerdasa is cleansed of all terrorist and criminal nests.” State news agency MENA reported that 65 arrests had been made, over dozens of weapons were taken (including rocket-propelled grenades, and over 150 arrest warrants were issued for suspects involved in the attack on the police station and a church in the area. Ever since the overthrow of Egypt’s first freely elected president, more than 2,000 Morsi supporters and leaders have been jailed, making the chances of any kind of peaceful political solution unlikely. Militant attacks are on the rise, and Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood organization has been labeled an enemy of the state.