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Egypt soldiers enter mosque refuge of Islamist protesters

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Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood supporters gather in front of al-Fatah mosque in Ramses square in Cairo on August 16, 2013. Egyptian soldiers entered the mosque on Saturday where Islamist protesters had holed up overnight after a day of deadly clashes, live television pictures showed.AFP

Egyptian soldiers entered a Cairo mosque on Saturday where Islamist protesters had holed up overnight after a day of deadly clashes, live television pictures showed.

The private Egyptian ONTV Live television channel showed the soldiers entering, while Al-Jazeera's Egypt affiliate streamed footage on its website of the soldiers inside the mosque.

They appeared to be negotiating with the protesters, attempting to persuade them to leave.

A protester inside the mosque told AFP by telephone that they were demanding they not be arrested, or attacked by hostile civilians who appeared to be gathered outside the mosque.