Friday clashes in Egypt leave 10 dead

Protesters staged fresh rallies on Friday as part of a "third revolutionary wave" called by the a anti-coup alliance, which has also called on supporters to boycott Egypt's May 26-27 presidential polls.

Friday clashes in Egypt leave 10 dead

World Bulletin / News Desk

The death toll from Friday clashes between Egyptian police and anti-coup protesters has risen to ten, all of them Morsi supporters, according to Morsi's main support bloc.

In a statement, the anti-coup National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy said at least eight people had been killed "at the hands of the coup's security forces" in southern Cairo's Helwan district.

One of those killed was Hozaifa Nader, the brother of Abdel-Rahman Nader, who was slain during last August's forcible dispersal of an anti-coup sit-in in eastern Cairo that left hundreds of Morsi backers dead, the alliance said.

Earlier in the day, an alliance source said that Egyptian security forces had attacked an anti-coup march on the outskirts of Helwan with live ammunition, birdshot and teargas.

A security official, meanwhile, denied that security forces had killed any protesters on Friday, saying instead that three policemen had been injured in clashes with demonstrators.

Earlier Friday, a source with the anti-coup alliance in Alexandria said that two anti-coup demonstrators had been killed when security forces dispersed their rally in the west of the coastal city.

Mohamed Abdullah, 18, was fatally struck with birdshot, while Hossam Magdi, 17, was killed after being shot in the stomach during clashes with security forces, the source said.

More than 11 other protesters were injured, according to the source.

The Interior Ministry, for its part, said the two young men had been killed in clashes between members of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group and local residents.

Friday's was the highest death toll from clashes between Morsi supporters and security forces within the past several weeks, as the ousted president's backers continue to defy a sustained crackdown by Egypt's military-backed government.

Protesters staged fresh rallies on Friday as part of a "third revolutionary wave" called by the a anti-coup alliance, which has also called on supporters to boycott Egypt's May 26-27 presidential polls.

Egypt has been dogged by instability since the army forcibly removed Morsi, the country's first freely elected president, from office last July on the back of opposition demonstrations.

Anti-coup  protesters have staged almost daily rallies ever since to demand his reinstatement.

ANTI-COUP PROTESTER DIES IN PRISON

A detained supporter of ousted president Mohamed Morsi died in his jail cell in Egypt's coastal Alexandria province, rights lawyers and a security official said Friday.

Gomaa Hemeida, 64, died in his cell in Alexandria's Borg al-Arab prison on Friday morning, a security official told Anadolu Agency.

In a Friday joint statement, lawyers representing Hemeida said their client had died as a result of "negligence" by prison authorities who had failed to tend to the inmate's deteriorating health condition.

"[Hemeida] suffered from diabetes, Hepatitis C and high blood pressure," the statement read.

"After prison authorities failed to provide him with medical care, his family urged prosecutors to let him be transferred to a hospital, but he died before this could be done," it added.

Hemeida was imprisoned on charges of "inciting violence" against opponents of Morsi, who the army forcibly removed from office last July on the back of opposition protests.

He had been arrested late last December, when security forces raided his home.

Although they had been searching for his son (who had not been home at the time), they arrested Hemeida instead, according to the deceased man's lawyers, who held security forces responsible for his death.

The security official attributed Hemeida's death to a sudden drop in blood circulation that caused his heart to stop.

A recent report by the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights, a local NGO, documented 21,317 cases of individuals who had been subject to prosecution since Morsi's ouster last summer.

According to the report, 16,387 of these were arrested while participating in political activities, such as pro-Morsi street demonstrations.

The report also documented 50 detainees who had died inside Egyptian detention facilities since Morsi's ouster ten months ago.

ONE KILLED IN CENTRAL CAIRO BOMBING

At least one person was killed and two others injured in a bombing that shook central Cairo on Friday night, the Interior Ministry has said.

According to the ministry, the bomb struck a private car without license plates in Cairo's Ramses district, killing the driver.

Another man who had been in the car when the bomb went off survived, the ministry said in a statement, citing eyewitness accounts.

The explosion did not cause any injuries among passersby, the ministry added, noting that an investigation had been launched to determine the cause of the blast.

Bomb-disposal squads cordoned off the area while citizens and journalists were prevented from approaching the blast site, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter at the scene.

Earlier in the day, an Egyptian soldier was killed and three others were injured by a bomb that went off in eastern Cairo, a security source said.

The blast came shortly after two suicide bombers blew themselves up in the southern Sinai Peninsula, killing one soldier and injuring eight others.

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