Thousands of Morsi supporters clash with Egyptian police
Thousands of supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi took to the streets nationwide on Friday, clashing with security forces amid reports of gunfire in central Cairo, Al Arabiya television reported.
Brotherhood supporters, who have been protesting to re-install Mursi, clashed with police on the road leading to the pyramids in the suburb of Giza.
Protesters marched toward the Defense Ministry and presidential palace in Cairo, in defiance of the crackdown on the Brotherhood.
Meanwhile, thousands of the movement’s loyalists marched through a Cairo suburb toward the site of a former protest camp that was cleared by security forces in August, Reuters reported.
Soldiers and policemen boosted their presence around Rabaa al-Adaweya mosque, the larger of the
Brotherhood’s two former Cairo sit-ins, as the march approached, Reuters reported the state news agency as saying.
A Reuters witness said an Egyptian army vehicle fired live rounds in the direction of Brotherhood supporters who had been pushed away from Cairo's Tahrir Square by security forces.
Medical sources said one Brotherhood supporter had died from a gunshot wound in clashes in the center of the capital.
But Mahmoud Abde Erradi, a journalist from Youm7 newspaper, told Al Arabiya from Cairo that the clashes erupted when Brotherhood members attempted to storm the square.
He denied security forces have opened fire on protesters, saying that tear gas was used to disperse protesters who attacked public properties.
There have been regular clashes between the establishment and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood since the ouster of President Mohammad Mursi in July.