Violence continues in Egypt

Published March 8th, 2014 - 05:58 GMT

Several people have been killed in clashes between Egyptian security forces and anti-government demonstrators as mass protests held nationwide turn violent.

At least seven people were killed on Friday in scuffles that occurred in the capital, Cairo, according to witnesses.

Casualties were also reported in similar clashes that broke out in the provinces of Alexandria, Suez, and al-Sharqiya.

The rallies across Egypt were held against the newly-appointed government and in response to a call for a week of protests made by Egypt's National Alliance to Support Legitimacy on Thursday.

Egyptian protesters blame the government of Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb for being the army’s puppet.

They also chanted slogans against Arab states which they say are propping up the army-installed interim government in Egypt.

On Thursday, the Anti-Coup Alliance called on leaders of Gulf Arab states to stop their  financial and political support for Cairo.

The movement did not single out any special country, but Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, along with Bahrain and Kuwait, are seen as the major sponsors of the army-backed government in Egypt.

Anti-government demonstrators have been holding rallies almost on a daily basis, since the army ousted Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, last year.

Morsi was unseated by the military in July 2013 - after only one year in office- and was immediately replaced by the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmoud Mansour, who the army appointed as interim president.

According to Amnesty International, more than 1,400 people have been killed in the violence triggered by Morsi’s ouster, "most of them due to excessive force used by security forces."

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