7 dead as pro-Morsi rallies in Egypt draw smaller numbers than expected

News article, posted 08.30.2013, from Egypt, in:
7 dead as pro-Morsi rallies in Egypt draw smaller numbers than expected (Photo: AP)

Seven protesters have been confirmed dead after violence flared at rallies in support of ousted president Mohamed Morsi in Giza, Zagazig and Port Said on Friday.

Protests to 'reclaim legitimacy' were called for by the Muslim Brotherhood's National Coalition to Support Legitimacy.

The latest deaths on Friday occurred in the Giza district of Mohandiseen during clashes between police forces and pro-Morsi protesters. Tens were injured in the violence, according to Al-Ahram’s Arabic news website.

Two other protesters were killed and 22 injured in Sharqiya's Zagazig, medical sources confirmed to Al-Ahram Arabic news website. The Muslim Brotherhood's Ikhwanonline website claims a third person was also killed during the clashes.

Conflicting reports surround how the death occured. Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported they were shot during clashes between protesters and street vendors. However, Ikhwanonline website claims they died after police and armed thugs targeted protesters and besieged those who tried to escape.

In the Suez Canal city of Port Said a protester was killed and 8 injured as fighting broke out between supporters and opponents of the ousted president in the Al-Amin district, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported. It is unclear how the clashes started. Police reportedly mobilised to disperse the crowds.

Another one was killed in Ismailia after being shot in the head.

Three people were reported injured in clashes between Morsi supporters and opponents in Beheira.

Violent clashes were also reported in the district of Sidi Gaber in Alexandria.

Security forces forcibly dispersed protesters in Alexandria earlier on Friday.

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