Masked assailants cause unrest throughout Egypt on Rabaa anniversary
Public transportation bus - YOUM7/Khaled Kamel

CAIRO: Alleged Muslim Brotherhood and pro-ousted President Mohamed Morsi supporters caused unrest and clashes on the one-year anniversary of the Rabaa and Nahda sit-in dispersals on Thursday, according to several media reports.

Alleged Muslim Brotherhood supporters blocked off a train in Badrashin City in Giza by placing torched fires on the railway on Thursday at 6:45 a.m.

The Railway Authority had halted the movement of trains between several governorates for months after Morsi was forced out of office on July 3, 2013.

Other protesters blocked the highway of the May 15 City with torched tires, causing traffic jams in that area.

Masked men barged onto a public transportation bus with knives and ordered passengers to leave, and then set the bus on fire in Cairo’s Helwan district.

None of the perpetrators of the aforementioned incidents have thus far been arrested.

Two villages in Sharqia were sabotaged on Thursday at dawn when unknown people torched the power generator of Tal Rzoun village, leaving the area in darkness, and a fire broke out at a cell phone tower in Toukh al-Qaramwas, Youm7 reported.

The assailants used flammable materials to disable the cell phone service and torch the generator.

Another cellphone tower exploded in a likely deliberate attack in the Ramadan 10 City in Sharqia, according to Youm7. Unidentified people poured benzene at a police station also in Ramadan 10 City, igniting a limited fire that was quickly extinguished.

In Gharbia, assailants torched a power generator in Mahalla City, leaving Manshiyet Mubarak district in darkness.

Thursday marks a year since the violent dispersal of Rabaa and Nahda Squares sit-in, where protesters supporting Morsi encamped for over a month. Hundreds were killed in a likely “crime against humanity” as Human Rights Watch described in a recent report on the violence that followed Morsi’s ousting.

Additional reporting by Fathiya el-Deeb, EmanMehanna, Moenes Hawas, Mohamed Ghoneim, and Adel Dorra.

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