World Bulletin / News Desk
At least eight anti-coup protesters were killed in clashes with Egyptian security forces and unidentified individuals on Friday amid fresh demonstrations across the country by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.
According to eyewitnesses and medical sources, seven were killed in eastern Cairo's Ain Shams district – including two who were shot during clashes with security forces – while several others were injured.
Eyewitnesses said security forces had used live ammunition to break up the demonstrations.
The Interior Ministry, for its part, urged reporters to exercise caution, claiming it had received reports that Muslim Brotherhood protesters were using firearms against police.
An eighth protester was reported killed in the Nile Delta province of Sharqiya during clashes with unidentified individuals, a medical source said.
Ahmed Ali succumbed to stab wounds after being admitted to the Zagazig University hospital, the source added.
The Muslim Brotherhood said via Facebook that Ali had been killed by "thugs" during a protest in the town of Abu Kbir.
Elsewhere, police broke up anti-coup rallies in Cairo's Nasr City and Maadi districts, where several protesters were reportedly injured in ensuing clashes, eyewitnesses said.
Injuries were also reported during clashes between security forces and protesters in the two Giza districts of Talbiya and Bashteel, eyewitnesses added.
In western Cairo's Sheikh Zayed district, protesters torched a police vehicle while chanting anti-police slogans.
Similar clashes were also reported in the coastal city of Alexandria and in the central Fayoum province.
Friday's protests – held under the banner, "We won't be ruled by the Zionists and Americans" – came in response to calls by the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, Morsi's main support bloc.
In the northwestern Suez province, meanwhile, police fired into the air to warn protesters against converging on main streets.
And in the adjacent Ismailia and Port Said provinces, protesters set US and Israeli flags alight, while security forces used teargas to disperse a similar rally in Upper Egypt's Beni Sueif province.
Since Morsi's ouster more than eight months ago, pro-democracy activists have staged almost daily rallies to demand his reinstatement and decry last summer's "military coup" that unseated Egypt's elected leader.Last Mod: 08 Mart 2014, 09:27