More than 120 injured in Cairo clashes

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Associated Press

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 5 at 3:33 PM

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Health Ministry says more than 120 people have been wounded in clashes involving supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi today.

The two sides fought with rocks, firebombs and sticks outside the presidential palace. It's the worst violence so far in the deepening crisis over the country's draft constitution, which was approved by Morsi's Islamist allies.

The clashes continued well into the night.

Meanwhile, three more of Morsi's aides have resigned in protest over his handling of the crisis. There are now five advisers from his panel of 17 who have left their jobs since the problems began.

The opposition is demanding that Morsi scrap the decrees he issued that give him nearly unrestricted powers. They also want him to shelve the disputed draft constitution.

Today's clashes began when thousands of Islamist supporters of Morsi descended on an area around the palace where hundreds of his opponents had been staging a sit-in.

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172-c-12-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)-"is defending him"-AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie in Cairo reports rival demonstrators are battling each other there. (5 Dec 2012)

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173-c-14-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)-"won't solve that"-AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie in Cairo reports demonstrators for and against Egypt's Islamist president are fighting each other. (5 Dec 2012)

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GRAPHICSBANK: An Egyptian woman holds a national flag, Cairo, Egypt, graphic element on gray (5 Dec 2012)

APPHOTO AMA105: Protesters gather during clashes between supporters and opponents of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi outside the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. Supporters and opponents of Egyptian leader Mohammed Morsi fought with rocks, firebombs and sticks outside the presidential palace in Cairo on Wednesday in large-scale clashes that marked the worst violence of a deepening crisis over the disputed constitution. (AP Photo/Mostafa Elshemy) (5 Dec 2012)

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APPHOTO AMA104: Egyptian riot police stand guard during clashes between supporters and opponents of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi outside the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. Supporters and opponents of Egyptian leader Mohammed Morsi fought with rocks, firebombs and sticks outside the presidential palace in Cairo on Wednesday in large-scale clashes that marked the worst violence of a deepening crisis over the disputed constitution. (AP Photo/Mostafa Elshemy) (5 Dec 2012)

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APPHOTO AMA101: A wounded protester is treated after clashes between supporters and opponents of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi outside the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. Supporters and opponents of Egyptian leader Mohammed Morsi fought with rocks, firebombs and sticks outside the presidential palace in Cairo on Wednesday in large-scale clashes that marked the worst violence of a deepening crisis over the disputed constitution. (AP Photo/Mostafa Elshemy) (5 Dec 2012)

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