Health Ministry: 2 dead and 23 injured in Friday clashes

CAIRO: Egypt’s Ministry of Health announced that Friday clashes in Cairo and Fayoum, between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and security forces, left two dead and 23 injured, according to the state-run news agency MENA.

In a Friday statement, the Ministry of Health said that one person was killed and another 20 were injured during Friday’s clashes in Cairo’s district of Al-Matarya.

The injured were escorted to nearby hospitals, said the statement.

In Fayoum governorate, 80 km southwest of Cairo, one person was killed and another three were injured following clashes that erupted between security forces and MB supporters shortly after the end of Friday prayers.

On its facebook page, the National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, an Islamist coalition that supports ousted Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi, called on Thursday for protests to coincide with the presidential elections scheduled to be held on May 26 and 27.

In spite of the protest law issued in November to criminalize unlicensed protests, Friday protests have been a common feature in Egypt since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi on July 3.

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