Middle East

Two killed in Egypt at Morsi protest

Egyptians carry an onlooker who was injured during clashes following a demonstration of supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood to mark the first anniversary of the military ouster of president Mohamed Morsi on July 4, 2014 in Cairo's Mattarya district. AFP PHOTO / KHALED KAMEL

CAIRO: Two people were shot dead in clashes in Cairo on Friday as supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi staged protests after weekly Muslim prayers, officials told AFP.

Since the army ousted Morsi in July last year, a government crackdown on his supporters has killed more than 1,400 people and jailed upwards of 15,000, and about 200 have been sentenced to death in speedy mass trials.

The two were killed when hit by birdshot in the city's northern district of Matariya, senior health official Mohamed Soltan told AFP, adding that three others were wounded by birdshot.

A security official cited local residents, who took the dead to a nearby hospital, as saying the two were killed in clashes between pro-Morsi demonstrators and their civilian opponents.

Security officials were unable to immediately specify details of the clashes but were investigating.

Since Morsi's ouster, his supporters have staged regular protests against Egypt's new authorities.

Their rallies have often descended into street clashes with security forces and anti-Morsi groups.

Ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who ousted Morsi, was elected president by a landslide in May.

 

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