Clashes break out between pro, anti-Morsi groups in Alexandria

News article, posted 06.23.2013, from Egypt, in:
Clashes break out between pro, anti-Morsi groups in Alexandria (Photo: AP)

Clashes broke out in the coastal city of Alexandria on Friday between supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi.

According to Al-Ahram’s Arabic news website, the clashes erupted when an anti-Morsi march confronted a group of Muslim Brotherhood supporters in front of the iconic Al-Qaed Ibrahim mosque following Friday prayers.

Fistfights and stone-throwing broke out between the two sides. The supporters of the president managed to secure themselves inside the mosque, while the anti-Morsi protesters besieged the building, demanding that the police arrest those inside that they accused of causing injuries.

No official figures for those injured have been released so far.

A similar scene occurred in Alexandria last December, when activists besieged Al-Qaed Ibrahim mosque for a whole day after controversial preacher Ahmed El-Mahalawy had urged worshippers to vote yes in the constitutional referendum during his Friday sermon.

Clashes later erupted between supporters of El-Mahalawy and opponents, leaving dozens injured.

Several Egyptian governorates have seen a rise in tension between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and opponents over recent days, with anticipated anti-Morsi protests on 30 June fast approaching.


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