CAIRO: A civilian was killed during clashes erupted between security forces and pro-Muslim Brotherhood (MB) who staged protests south of Cairo Friday, Ministry of Health said in a statement.
In commemoration of the second anniversary of the military ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi, supporters of the MB outlawed group, from which Morsi hails, staged few protests nationwide, demanding the reinstatement of Morsi.
Security forces dispersed the protest and arrested five people, according to the statement.
Morsi was overthrown by the military on July 3, 2013 following mass protests against his rule.
Another civilian and a policeman were injured in clashes erupted in a similar protest in the Delta’s governorate of Menoufia, security source told Youm7, adding the security forces fired teargas and water cannons to disperse the protest while the demonstrators used Molotov Cocktails. A number of riot inciters have been arrested for investigations.
Confrontations broke out between MB supporters and the residents of Abu Kbeer in Sharqia governorate, 95 km away from Cairo. The residents managed to disperse the march after the protesters threw Molotov cocktails in the streets and fired the flares, eye-witnesses told Youm7.
Egypt was on a high security alert nationwide; the security forces intensified their presence in the vicinity of vital buildings and in public squares in anticipation of possible attacks. Security forces in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Qena arrested five people, allegedly belonging to the Brotherhood.
Since Moris’ ouster and the dispersal of pro-MB sit-ins in Cairo in August 2013, series of attacks have targeted police and military personnel nationwide. In December 2013, Egypt designated the group a “terrorist organization.” Hundreds of the MB members and supporters have been detained as well.