Security forces react to usual Friday protests ahead of Eid al-Adha
Security forces in Cairo - YOUM7/Kareem Abdul Kareem

CAIRO: Security forces are in a state of high alert in preparation for the Eid al-Adha holiday, but this did not derail a number of demonstrations and clashes from taking place throughout Egypt Friday.

In 6 October City, pro-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrations occurred shortly after noon prayers, and marchers blocked the main road chanting anti-police slogans, raising Rabaa signs and photos of former President Mohamed Morsi, Youm7 reported. Demonstrators fled upon the arrival of security forces.

Similar demonstrations were organized in Haram, but escalated when protestors launched fireworks and fired birdshot at security forces. Tear gas was used to disperse the gathering.

Youm7 added that three pro-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators were arrested in the incident. Security forces remained at Haram’s main street to discourage further gatherings.

Tear gas was used at demonstrations in Helwan as well after fireworks were also fired at security forces there, Youm7 reported.

In Ain Shams, and Gameet al-Dowal and Mustafa Mahmoud Streets in Cairo, a number of marches were additionally organized and dispersed by security forces.

Additional reporting by Hani Mohamed, Mustafa Al-Sayed, Mohamed Abd Al-Mged, Hazem Abd Al-Samad, Reham Abdallah, Moanes Hawas and Assmaa Zedan

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