CAIRO: Egyptian security forces have arrested Friday 35 people allegedly affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood in clashes that took place across the governorates.
The Interior Ministry clarified in its statement that the arrested persons possessed Molotov cocktails and cartridge bullets, and were arrested in Qalyuiba, Asyut, Minya, Giza and Beheira.
Muslim Brotherhood supporters resumed their weekly marches on Friday, but they were shortly diverted into clashes between them and security forces.
Egyptian local media reported two women were killed in Ain Shams district where fierce clashes were reported, but official reports are yet to confirm the exact number of deaths.
Pro-MB marches launched after Gomaa prayer in Cairo, Giza, Qalyuiba, Asyut, Minya (Middle Egypt), Beheira, Alexandria, Fayoum (South of Cairo) and Gharbia.
Shortly, the marches were dispersed by police who used teargas bombs and then the clashes began.
In Helwan district, the bomb squad defused a homemade bomb, while security forces were chasing MB marches, Youm7 reported.
Youm7 reported that some demonstrators were brandishing flags of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS), in a march in Gharbia (Delta), chanting against the police and the army.
In El Matareya district, pro-MB demonstrators and residents exchanged throwing stones on each other. The areas witnessed fierce clashes as most MB members and supporters hail from Matareya and its nearby neighborhood Ain Shams.
In 6 October city in Giza, some demonstrators blocked the road which led to verbal altercations between them and the residents, however, security forces were able to disperse them swiftly, Youm7 reported.
Since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi by the army on July 3, 2013, MB members and supporters are used to staging marches and protests demanding his reinstatement but after the dispersal of Rabaa and Nahda sit-ins on Aug 14, 2013, they are started brandishing yellow placards holding the four-finger symbol which represents Rabaa and chanting against the police and the army.