Saturday, January 4, 2014

Fourteen people shot dead during demonstrations and clashes throughout Egypt

Supporters and opponents of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi clash at Nasr City district in Cairo, January 3, 2014. REUTERS- Mohamed Abd El Ghany
 Clashes in Nasr City, a district of Cairo. (Photo Reuters)

Egypt witnessed a day of violent clashes between supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and the police at a level unparalleled in more than two months. The ministry of health said on Saturday that 14 people were killed and 62 injured in clashes across the country on Friday. 17 police officers were also injured, according to a senior security source.
Reuters reported that according to the Health Ministry five people were killed in different districts in Cairo. A security source said they died from bullet wounds. One of the five was a man who was shot dead by the protesters after he yelled insults at pro-Brotherhood demonstrators marching near his house, the source said.A male protester and a woman were shot dead in the coastal city of Alexandria, medical and security sources said. It was not clear whether the woman was a protester or an onlooker. Two were shot dead by police in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia after a march set off from a mosque after midday prayers, medical sources said. In the rural province of Fayoum, southwest of Cairo, three protesters, including a student, died from bullet wounds to the chest and head,local Health Ministry official Medhat Shukri told Reuters. Another university student was shot dead during clashes in the southern town of Minya.

Police arrested 122 Brotherhood members for possession of weapons, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The Brotherhood says its supporters are unarmed.
Ahram Online wrote that clashes continued into the night east of Cairo at Gisr El-Suez Street and at the other end of the city's outskirts at Al-Talbiya area near the pyramids, where burning tires, tear gas and stone throwing painted scenes on Egyptian television channels.
Confrontations took place in many other locations around the capital, but police managed to disperse them more effectively. In Nasr City – which had calmed down amid a heavy police presence, according to Al-Ahram's Arabic news website – a public bus was smashed and several cars were shattered in the violence. Police fired teargas at a student march at the nearby Al-Azhar University, a major scene of Islamist protests in recent weeks, state news agency MENA said.

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