Deutche Welle reports The death toll from the weekend clashes has risen to 49, the Egyptian health ministry said on Sunday. The interior ministry said separately that more than 1,000 people had been arrested over the past day.
Security forces battled opponents of the army-backed government which deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in July after just one year in power. The violence over the weekend marked three years since the start of the popular revolt that forced the long-serving autocrat Hosni Mubarak to quit, says Deutche Welle.
On Saturday, thousands of pro-military demonstrators marched on Cairo's Tahrir Square, the birthplace of the 2011 uprising, calling on General Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to run for president [seen above]. At the same time, a mix of Muslim Brotherhood Islamists and secular liberals tried to hold counter-demonstrations against the government.
Deutche Welle adds security forces across Cairo moved quickly to disperse the pro-Morsi protests while welcoming demonstrators to sanctioned commemorations. In Cairo's Muhandiseen district, police fired teargas and birdshot at anti-government protesters outside a mosque.