18.24 The latest death toll from the AFP news agency puts the number dead at 70 so far today.
18.20 Italy is the latest country to tell its citizens to avoid Egypt. Tour operators estimate there are 19,000 Italians in the country.
17.39 More than 60 people have been killed, according to tolls from witnesses, security sources and the health ministry.
17.15 12 dead bodies witnessed in another Cairo mosque, AFP reports. Meanwhile, five reported dead in Alexandria.
17.11 24 policemen killed in Egypt in the past 24 hours, Reuters reports.
17.04 Egyptian government’s statement:
The cabinet affirms that the government, the armed forces, the police and the great people of Egypt are united in confronting the malicious terrorist plot by the Muslim Brotherhood.
16.56 Egypt’s government has said it is confronting a “malicious terror plot” by Islamists.
16.26 The death toll in Cairo has risen to 50.
Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi help a protester affected by tear gas during clashes outside Al-Fath mosque in Ramses square, Cairo
16.10 Ruth Sherlock reports:
There are absolutely horrific scenes here. People are being brought in every minute with critical injuries. There are dozens of wounded and I counted 35 dead bodies.
Helicopters are circling overhead and the firing is apparently continuing around the square.
People are coming to the mosque in droves to try and find missing loved ones.
On the road outside the mosque, cars are streaming past with people in and on top of them, with makeshift drips and being resuscitated.
My shirt is covered in blood just from people brushing past me and there is blood all over the floor.
16.04 Ruth Sherlock has now counted 35 dead bodies in one single field hospital set up in a mosque near Ramses Square.
15.34 Former British Ambassador to both Sarajevo and Belgrade writes that Obama’s lofty, detached, dithering approach to foreign policy is coming back to bite him in Egypt:
I know it’s tempting inside of Egypt to blame the United States or the West or some other outside actor for what’s gone wrong. We’ve been blamed by supporters of Morsi. We’ve been blamed by the other side, as if we are supporters of Morsi. That kind of approach will do nothing to help Egyptians achieve the future that they deserve.
Smoke rises near Al-Fath Mosque during clashes at Ramses Square in Cairo
14.53 At Fateh mosque on edge of Ramses Square, Ruth Sherlock has counted 20 dead.
14.49 French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have called for urgent European consultations on the escalating crisis in Egypt.
The two leaders discussed the crisis by telephone and “called for an immediate end to the violence” and for the foreign ministers of the EU to meet quickly next week over the deteriorating situation in Egypt, the French presidency said in a statement.
Mr Hollande is due to speak to David Cameron, the Prime Minister, later today.
An injured man is carried during clashes at Ramses Square in Cairo
14.44 More from Ruth Sherlock on the ground:
I am now in a mosque-turned-field hospital back from the square. There are dozens of seriously wounded people. At least 30 people with gunshot wounds. Can’t say if any are dead. More people coming in on stretchers all the time.
Protesters who support ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi transport injured people during clashes at Ramses Square in Cairo
14.22 Ruth Sherlock, reporting from nearby Ramses Square has spoken to some of the protesters retreating from the firing:
Ahmed Magdy, 28, who had blood all over his hands, told me: “I saw two dead bodies lying in the street. The police are shooting from Ezbakya Police Station. There are snipers there, shooting people in the street.”
There are also several reports that security forces are shooting towards the 5th October bridge at anyone trying to cross the river towards Ramses Square. I can hear a lot of gunfire.
14.01 Britain’s biggest tour operators were under increasing pressure to suspend holidays to Sharm el Sheikh resort asgovernments across Europe warned their citizens to stay away:
For the first time, Germany’s Foreign Ministry advised Germans not to travel anywhere in the African country, just as the Foreign Office in London and trade body ABTA insisted it was still safe to go to the Red Sea.
France signalled that it was even considering an evacuation of French nationals.
The change in Germany’s official advice meant Thomas Cook and TUI Travel – the owner of Thomson Holidays – said they would be suspending package trips for Germans with holidays booked for Egypt.
13.56 Eight protesters have been killed in the town of Damietta, medical sources tell Reuters.
Egyptian Army soldiers stand guard outside the Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo
13.48 Sara Ahmed, 28, a business manager, joining a march of thousands of demonstrators heading downtown from northeast Cairo tells Reuters:
Sooner or later I will die. Better to die for my rights than in my bed. Guns don’t scare us anymore.
It’s not about the Brotherhood, it’s about human rights.
13.44 Violence seems to be escalating across Cairo. Tear gashas been fired and shooting heard in Tahrir Square, Reuters reports.
13.41 Gehad al-Haddad, a Brotherhood spokesman, announced Friday’s marches on his Twitter:
13.30 Four protesters have been killed in the Egyptian city ofIsmailia in clashes with security forces, medical sources tell Reuters.
12.59 First death reported – state media says an Egyptian policeman has been killed in an armed attack on a Cairo checkpoint.
Egyptian army soldiers take their positions on top and next to their armored vehicles while guarding an entrance to Tahrir square, in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt is bracing for more violence after the Muslim Brotherhood called for nationwide marches after Friday prayers and a “day of rage”
12.57 The tool in the tweet below charts the number of tweets coming from Cairo hotspots:
12.50 Thousands of pro-Morsi supporters are marching fromnorth-east Cairo towards the centre, shouting: “Down with military rule!”
12.38 Louisa Loveluck reports from cairo:
It’s around 1:30 and a crowd has already gathered in Ramses Square, the planned destination of pro-Morsi marches which are taking place across the capital. Robust chants ring out against the police and the military. “the interior ministry is a brothel”, goes one.
12.24 The BBC’s Jeremy Bowen tweets:
12.15 The Foreign Office advises British holidaymakers in Egypt to stay in their hotels:
The Foreign Office updated its travel advice on Thursdayto say that police in Hurghada had advised tourists to stay within their hotel after Egypt declared a national state of emergency. Excurisions have also been axed amid growing fears of more violence.
People reach for a coffin during a funeral for policemen killed during the clashes in Cairo
12.02 The EU has said top officials from its 28 members will meet on Monday to review the crisis in Egypt, Baroness Ashton’s foreign service has stated, in a statement released on Twitter.
British, French and German leaders are due to discuss Egypt later today amid growing international concern over the military’s actions.
11.51 Diplomatic pressure from around the world continues.Germany has released a statement this morning saying it “condemned in the strongest terms” the escalation of deadly violence in Egypt. Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement:
The federal government condemns the violence, which in Cairo and other cities, according to state information, has claimed more than 600 lives, in the strongest terms.
The political and military leadership of Egypt along with the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood now carry great responsibility. Further escalations could plunge Egypt into a chaos of violence and counter-violence and further escalation.
11.44 The Telegraph reporting team in Cairo visited the mosques-turned-morgues as the city counted its dead – with many bodies still unaccounted for:
As the bodies were claimed, one-by-one, volunteers used marker pens to scribble names on to the white shrouds that covered their faces.
Many had died from gunshots to the head, neck or chest, suggesting they were victims of the snipers used by Egypt’s security forces during Wednesday’s assault against opposition protesters in Cairo.
In the city’s el-Iman mosque on Thursday, their corpses were wrapped in cloth and placed in long rows; a makeshift morgue for the uncounted, unidentified victims of what the Muslim Brotherhood described as a massacre.
By early afternoon, The Telegraph had counted 237 bodies.
An Egyptian man sits near his dead relative’s body in Al-Eman mosque
11.32 The Telegraph’s Louisa Loveluck reports from Cairo:
The Egyptian military has blocked off Tahrir Square as they brace themselves for protests across the capital. Each entrance is cordoned off with a thick roll of barbed wire; army troops watch passersby warily from inside the square. They say the area will be closed for 24 hours.
Earlier this month, supporters of the former president clashed with police here, and there are fears that the same will happen today. For now, though, all is calm.
11.30 BST London (12.30 EET Cairo) Hello and welcome to our live coverage as Egypt’s Islamists called for a “Friday of anger” follow Wednesday’s attack on pro-Morsi protests that left over 600 people dead, while the army-backed government warned it would turn its guns on anyone who attacked the police or public institutions.
Source: The Telegraph