CAIRO: Members of the Muslim Brotherhood set fire to oil and petrol shops and a super market on Friday in Ezbet el-Nakhl after using fireworks and Molotov cocktails in a fight with residents who would not let their march pass from the street, reported Youm7.
Deputy Head of the General Administration for Civil Protection in Cairo Gamal Halawa said he was informed of the incident so he sent three fire brigade cars to control the situation. He said that Muslim Brotherhood members prevented the cars from reaching the area of the fire, and the cars were forced to leave the area so that they would not get come under attack by protesters.
Halawa said the cars waited to enter again with security forces from Central Security in order to control the fire before it spread.
After security forces reached the location the fire brigade cars were able to put out the fire in an hour.
Violent clashes also erupted Friday between pro-Muslim Brotherhood members and residents in Ain Shams neighborhood, where both sides used bullets and birdshot.
The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy called Thursday for a week of protests against the interim administration with slogans against the economic crisis, Shorouq reported.
Security forces dispersed a number of pro-Brotherhood protests across Egypt and arrested a number of protesters, particularly in Alexandria. In Suez governorate five female protesters were detained for a short period then were released, BBC reported.
Since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi on July 3 several thousand Brotherhood members have been arrested along with most of the group’s leaders, and the interim government labeled the Brotherhood as a terrorist group on Dec. 25, 2013.
Additional reporting by Hany Osman and Ahmed Marie.