World Bulletin / News Desk
The death toll from Friday clashes in Cairo between supporters and opponents of ousted president Mohamed Morsi has risen to seven, the Egyptian Health Ministry and medical sources said.
According to Ahmed al-Ansari, deputy head of Egypt's ambulance service, 40 people were hurt in clashes countrywide, most of them suffering birdshot injuries, cuts and bruises.
Earlier Friday, a medical source said two people had succumbed to injuries sustained during stone-throwing clashes in the vicinity of Defense Ministry headquarters in Cairo.
A medical source confirmed the four deaths, adding that three more people had died from shotgun injuries, bringing the total death toll to seven.
The violence came as Morsi backers staged fresh rallies following weekly Friday prayers to denounce what they describe as the July 3 "military coup" against Egypt's democratically elected leader.
Clashes erupted in eastern Cairo between Morsi backers and opponents when a pro-Morsi march approached the Defense Ministry.
Skirmishes spilled into adjacent streets, with a number of injuries reported and several local shops damaged.
Army troops set up barbed wire and barricades around the ministry to preempt attempts by Morsi supporters to storm the building.