Egypt buries female journalist killed in anti-coup clashes

Mayada Ashraf, 23, was a field reporter for the Arabic language newspaper Al-Dostor and Masr al-Arabia news website.

Egypt buries female journalist killed in anti-coup clashes

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Egyptian journalist killed on Friday while covering demonstrations by anti-coup protesters in eastern Cairo has been laid to rest in the Nile Delta province of Menoufiya.

Hundreds of people participated in the Saturday funeral of Mayada Ashraf, 23, a field reporter for the Arabic language newspaper Al-Dostor and Masr al-Arabia news website.

The mourners included journalists, some of whom accused policemen of killing their colleague and demanded a fair investigation into her killing.

Mayada's father, for his part, did not blame anybody for his daughter's death, but only kept murmuring words of consolation.

On Friday, the Interior Ministry accused the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement from which ousted president Mohamed Morsi hails, of responsibility for the killing of five people, including Ashraf.

However, the anti-coup National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, which backs Morsi, said policemen opened fire at the demonstrators in Ain Shams, killing five people, including Ashraf and a Christian resident of the district.

Morsi supporters protested in several parts of Egypt on Friday against a Wednesday announcement by former army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi that he planned to run for president in upcoming polls.

Al-Sisi is widely seen as the driving force behind Morsi's ouster by the army last summer.

In the almost nine months since Morsi's removal from office and subsequent imprisonment, his supporters have been staging rallies on an almost daily basis to denounce what they describe as the July 3 "military coup" against Egypt's first freely elected president.

Morsi supporters, police trade blame for Friday's deaths

The Egyptian Interior Ministry and the anti-coup National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy have traded blame for the killing of five people during on Friday demonstrations by the supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

"The followers of the Brotherhood who had staged protests in eastern Cairo's Ain Shams district had clashed with and indiscriminately shot people opposing their practices," the ministry said in a statement late on Friday.

The ministry said security forces had arrested ten demonstrators and continued to hunt for others involved in the events.

For its part, the anti-coup alliance accused security forces of opening fire at the demonstrators in Ain Shams, killing five people, including a journalist and a Christian resident of the eastern Cairo district.

It asserted that its followers had organized 400 activities nationwide, including human chains and protests, on Friday to protest a Wednesday announcement by former army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi that he planned to run for president in upcoming polls.

Last Mod: 29 Mart 2014, 09:50
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