Masked gunmen wounded several protesters and members of the security forces on Saturday outside Egypt’s Presidential Palace in Cairo in the latest in a series of shootings in Egypt targeting proteters.
Fifteen people were reportedly wounded in the attack at the palace, AP reported , including nine members of the security forces and six protesters.
The attackers also threw molotov cocktails at protesters’ tents. The protesters had staged a sit-in for over a month against President mohammed Morsi’s government, demanding Egypt’s new constitution be shelved.
A vote on the highly controversial new constitution polarized the country  passed by 64 percent amid widespread allegations of fraud.
A day after the protest at the palace  began on December 4, clashes led to at least 10 deaths when Morsi’s supporters attacked protesters. On December 31, a well-known activist was shot and killed in Tahrir Square.
Morsi's government has been accused of setting up "torture chambres" in the palace to interrogate protesters .
Large protests against the new government are expected on January 25, the two-year anniversary of the start of the 2011 uprising that overthrew former President Hosni Mubarak.