World Bulletin/News Desk
Two people were killed during Friday rallies staged by supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, the Health Ministry said.
In a statement, the ministry said that the fatalities were reported in Cairo and the central province of Fayoum.
At least 23 people were also injured in the protests, the release said
Earlier Friday, Egyptian security forces dispersed weekly rallies staged in several provinces by Morsi supporters who are calling for a boycott of looming presidential polls that a former army chief – who led Morsi's ouster – appears set to win.
According to medical sources and a leading member of Morsi's support bloc, three teenagers were killed as security forces dispersed demonstrations held by Morsi backers.
Ibrahim Sobhi, 16, was shot in the head when police "backed by thugs" fired live ammunition and birdshot at protesters in eastern Cairo's Matariya district, a leading member of the pro-Morsi National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy told Anadolu Agency.
Omar Gomaa and Mohamed Ragab, meanwhile, aged 19 and 17 respectively, were also killed in clashes with security forces in the central Fayoum province, a medical source at Fayoum's general hospital said.
A number of other protesters were injured in the violence, the source asserted.
The National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy has called on supporters to stage demonstrations to coincide with the upcoming polls on May 26-27.
Only Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi, the former army chief who led Morsi's ouster last summer, and leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi are competing in the presidential race.
Since Morsi's ouster almost 11 months ago, the Egyptian authorities have mounted a harsh crackdownon his supporters and his embattled Muslim Brotherhood group, rounding up thousands and killing hundreds.
Supporters of the ousted leader have staged near daily rallies ever since to denounce what they see as a "military coup" against an elected president.
Egypt completed the first phase of an army-imposed transitional roadmap in January by holding a referendum on an amended version of the constitution.
Egyptians will elect a new president on May 26-27 in the second phase of the roadmap, which should be completed later this year with the holding of parliamentary polls.
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