Cairo: Unfazed by mass protests demanding his ouster and an army ultimatum, embattled Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has refused to quit, amid clashes on Wednesday that killed 16 people and wounded 200 at the Cairo University.

Egypt's first democratically elected President Morsi, who looked increasingly isolated as many of his cabinet colleagues abandoned him, said he had been elected in a free and fair poll to lead the nation and intended to stick to his task.

In a televised address on Tuesday evening, 61-year-old Morsi warned that the only alternative to respecting the constitutional legitimacy of the office was further bloodshed on the streets.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry said 16 people were killed and 200 others injured in violence between pro-and anti Morsi supporters at Cairo University in the Giza district in the capital. "Sixteen people have been killed and 200 wounded in an attack on a demonstration supporting President Morsi next to Cairo University," Egyptian state television reported.

In a counter-measure, hundreds of Islamists took to streets across country on Tuesday in support of Morsi, who just completed a year in office.


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