Five killed in Egypt as police attack protesters

TEHRAN (FNA)- Five people were killed and dozens others injured in Egypt during clashes between security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi.

Thousands of Muslim Brotherhood activists and their supporters staged nationwide demonstrations after Friday prayers against a brutal crackdown by the army that toppled Mursi in July, press tv reported.

The demonstrators demanded Mursi’s reinstatement and called for the release of Brotherhood activists arrested by police. They also chanted slogans against army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Riot police fired teargas and used water cannons to disperse the protesters.

The violence broke out in Cairo and at least four other cities, leaving five people dead and at least 87 more injured.

A young protester was shot dead in the Nile Delta city of Damietta, a second man was killed in the Southern city of Minya, and a third person was killed in Cairo, according to the Interior Ministry.

Late on Friday, two more people were killed in Minya and Aswan, another Southern city.

Police also arrested at least 265 Brotherhood supporters, including 28 women, the ministry said.

Egypt has been experiencing unrelenting violence since July 3, when the army ousted Mursi’s government, suspended the constitution and dissolved the parliament. It also appointed the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmoud Mansour, as the new interim president.

The government of Mansour has launched a bloody crackdown on Mursi supporters and arrested more than 2,000 Muslim Brotherhood members.

About 1,000 people were killed in a week of violence between Mursi supporters and security forces after police dispersed their protest camps in a deadly operation in mid-August.

The massacre sparked international condemnation and prompted world bodies to call for an independent investigation into the violence.

Following the coup, army officials said Mursi, who took office in June 2012, was being held “preventively” by the military.

However, Mursi said in a letter on November 13 that he was kidnapped by the Republican Guard before the military formally removed him on July 3.

He also declared himself still Egypt’s legitimate leader, describing his overthrow as a military coup and a crime.

By Fars News Agency

 

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