2013 Republican Guard headquarters clashes

2013 Republican Guard headquarters clashes
Part of the Post-coup unrest in Egypt (2013–14)
Date8 July 2013 (2013-07-08)
LocationRepublican Guard Headquarters
Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt

30°04′51″N 31°19′00″E / 30.08083°N 31.31667°E / 30.08083; 31.31667Coordinates: 30°04′51″N 31°19′00″E / 30.08083°N 31.31667°E / 30.08083; 31.31667
Pro-Morsi protesters[1]
Supported by:
Muslim Brotherhood[2]
Egyptian Armed Forces
Republican Guard
Commanders and leaders
Mohammed Badie (Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood) Abdul Fatah al-Sisi (Commander-in-Chief & Defense Minister)
Units involved
Egyptian Republican Guard
Egyptian Army
Unknown Unknown
Casualties and losses
51 protesters killed[2] 3 military and security personnel killed[2]

On the morning of 8 July 2013 at the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo, Egypt there was a clash between protesters seeking the return of deposed President Mohamed Morsi, and the military, who were protecting the institution. At least 51 protesters seeking the return of Morsi to power were killed and more than 435 injured in the clashes, in what has been deemed as a massacre by the Muslim Brotherhood and those opposed to the recent coup d'état.[3] Amnesty International has condemned the military's disproportionate use of force, with a spokesperson stating, "Even if some protesters used violence, the response was disproportionate and led to the loss of life and injury among peaceful protesters."[4]


According to some witnesses, the military opened fire without provocation towards the end of morning prayers, immediately using live ammunition and shooting to kill.[5] Gehad El-Haddad, the Muslim Brotherhood's spokesman, claimed that the military opened fire at the protesters while they were praying in front of the Republican Guard and staging a peaceful sit-in.[3] One witness claimed that protestors had their backs to the Republic Guard building, as they were praying towards Mecca.[6] Others claimed that the incident was after prayers.[7] Some protestors claimed that police officer Mohamed el-Mesairy was sheltering in his parked car when he was killed by military gunfire striking the car.[5]

According to the military, a "terrorist group" tried to storm the Republican Guard headquarters and that it had retaliated by opening fire at the attackers. A military spokesman reported that an officer was killed and six troops were injured before adding that 42 troops were injured and eight were in critical condition.[3] An amateur video recording showed people holding guns from the side of the protesters during daylight.[8][6]


Preliminary investigations showed that the crime scene contained firearms, ammunition, Freedom and Justice Party membership cards, explosives that contained pieces of glass, smoke grenades and a document that contained a list of names with monetary values next to it.[9]

The army said it had arrested over 200 people, with "large quantities of firearms, ammunition and Molotov cocktails".[10]

Domestic response

International response


  1. David Greene; Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson (8 July 2013). "Dozens Die in Clashes Outside Cairo's Republican Guard HQ". NPR. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  2. 1 2 3 "At least 54 killed in clashes at Cairo Republican Guard headquarters". Fox News. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  3. 1 2 3 4 "51 dead, 435 hurt in clashes near pro-Morsi sit-in". nbcnews. 8 July 2013.
  4. "Egypt: Damning evidence points to security forces' failures". Amnesty International. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  5. 1 2 New York Times, 8 July 2013, Army Kills 51, Deepening Crisis in Egypt
  6. 1 2 "Egypt coup: July 8 as it happened". The Telegraph. 8 July 2013.
  7. "Cairo clashes: 'I saw both sides shooting at each other from my balcony'". The Telegraph. 8 July 2013.
  8. ""Video" masked gunmen between supporters of Morsi during clashes "Republican guard"". Al Masry Al Youm (in Arabic). 8 July 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  9. Qaraa, Ibrahim (8 July 2013). "Prosecution: A list of names with the sums of money received at the location of the "Clashes of the Republican Guard"". Al Masry Al Youm (in Arabic). Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  10. The Guardian, 8 July 2013, Egypt braced for more violence after 'massacre' of Morsi supporters
  11. "Egypt presidency forms judicial committee to investiage Rep. Guard killings". Ahram Online. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  12. http://www.turkishweekly.net/2013/07/09/news/egypt-pm-qandil-addresses-resignation-to-morsi-slams-military-coup/
  13. "Egypt's National Salvation Front condemns Rep. Guard HQ violence". Ahram Online. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  14. "Muslim Brotherhood calls for Egypt uprising". Al Jazeera. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  15. ""Freedom and Justice" asks for international intervention "to avoid Egypt transformation to Syria"" (in Arabic). Al Masry Al youm. 8 July 2013.
  16. "UPDATE 5: 42 die in clashes between Egypt army and pro-Morsi protesters". Ahram Online. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  17. "Governments condemn shootings in Egypt". Huffingtonpost. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  18. Iran's reaction to the Egypt's clashes
  19. 1 2 3 4 "World governments condemn shootings in Egypt". Ahram Online. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013.

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