Egyptian police fire tear gas in Alexandria, Islamists urge Morsi supporters to avoid Tahrir
Police fired tear gas to break up clashes between pro-Morsi and pro-military groups in Alexandria Friday, according to AFP. Fighting between the two factions has led to almost 100 deaths within the last week throughout the country.
An Islamist alliance also announced Friday for Morsi supporters to avoid Tahrir protests in Cairo to "avoid more bloodshed," according to another AFP report. Though initially calling for Islamist forces to occupy Tahrir as a form of protest, the anti-coup alliance decided later on Friday to "limit [our] marches" due to the fact that the interim military-backed government is "shedding blood without any respect to law or values adopted by our great people." The alliance still reserves the right to protest in the major squares throughout the capital in the coming weeks.
The interior ministry warned the alliance Friday that it had deployed security reinforcements to Tahrir square and the surrounding area, and AFP reporters witnessed the forces sealing off Nahda and Mustafa Mahmoud Sqaures in the capital as well.
At least 77 people have been killed in Egypt within the past week, making this period the deadliest since the interim government's crackdown on Morsi supporters in mid-August.