World Bulletin/News Desk
One person was killed near Egypt's Cairo University on Wednesday when protesters supporting ousted President Mohamed Mursi clashed with security forces, a health ministry official told Reuters.
The official said eight were wounded but could not give further details. The protesters were demonstrating against a court ruling earlier this week condemning more than 500 alleged Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death.
The court ruling on Monday marked an escalation in the state's campaign against the opposition and drew criticism from international human rights groups. The United States, a major donor of military aid to Egypt, said it was shocked by the sentences.
Activists from a group called "Students Against the Coup" called for protests on Wednesday against the sentences.
A Reuters witness saw protesters, some wearing gas masks, throw burning projectiles at police and police fire rubber bullets and tear gas.
Security sources said police had fired tear gas at between 500 to 600 protesters.Last Mod: 26 Mart 2014, 17:18