4 dead as violent clashes rage on

CAIRO: Clashes between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and security forces persist into the evening, and the death toll has risen to four in Ain Shams, including journalist Mayada Ashraf, 23, and a Coptic woman.

A security source in the Cairo Security Directorate told Youm7 Friday that nine armed Brotherhood supporters were arrested for allegedly shooting Ashraf.

Spokesperson for the Interior Ministry Hani Abdul Latif told Youm7 that the random firing from the shooters led to the death of the four people.

The Brotherhood, on the other hand, claims that security forces killed the four because they were Brotherhood supporters, Abdul Latif said, who denied the claim.

A chief in the ambulance services told Al-Shorouq news that the clashes were so strong that ambulances could hardly reached the killed and injured in the area.

The Tamarod Movement cancelled its planned Friday activities in order to mourn the day’s deaths reported to Youm7. The movement had intended to celebrate former Defense Minister Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s announcement to run for president.

Pro-Brotherhood groups announced that they would protest Friday in rejection to Sisi’s presidential bid, which some called a confirmation of the “military coup” following the June 30 mass protests.

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