World Bulletin/News Desk
At least 23 people were injured in Friday clashes between supporters and opponents of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in several provinces across the country.
Violence broke out as Morsi supporters staged fresh rallies against the July 3 ouster of Egypt's first-ever freely-elected president by the country's powerful military establishment – a move they decry as a "military coup."
At least five protesters were injured, including one woman who remains in serious condition, when a car ran into a pro-Morsi march in the upscale Cairo district of Maadi, eyewitnesses said.
The same march came under attack by unidentified individuals who hurled stones, bottles and Molotov cocktails, injuring a number of pro-Morsi demonstrators.
In the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, meanwhile, clashes erupted between Morsi supporters and opponents in the Sidi Beshr district.
At least five people were injured as the two sides hurled stones and fired shotguns loaded with birdshot at one another, medical sources said.
The clashes only stopped when security forces stepped in to break up the two sides.
The pro-Morsi National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy accused security forces of "hiring" thugs to attack marchers.
In the Nile Delta province of Sharqiya, three people were reportedly injured in similar clashes.
Ten others were wounded in the town of Wasta in northern Beni Sueif when unidentified individuals attacked a pro-Morsi march with stones, eyewitnesses said.
In Daqahliya, meanwhile, protesters held a funeral procession for a senior Muslim Brotherhood member who recently died of cancer in prison.
Safwat Khalil, 59, died in prison on Thursday, shortly after a court ruling ordering his release.
Following the funeral, clashes erupted between Morsi supporters and opponents, leading to numerous injuries, before security forces stepped in to break up the warring sides.
Khalil was arrested last month along with scores of Brotherhood supporters on charges of "inciting violence" and possession of unlicensed weapons. A court later ordered his release, along with 48 other Brotherhood members.
A member of Khalil's defense team said his client's health had deteriorated rapidly after he was transported to court by a police truck instead of an ambulance.
"He died at the police station after his health deteriorated and police were reluctant to release him following the court verdict," the Brotherhood said in a statement.Last Mod: 27 Eylül 2013, 23:08