World Bulletin / News Desk
Three young protesters were shot dead in Cairo on Friday when security forces forcibly dispersed rallies staged by opponents of president Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi, according to a source from Morsi's main support bloc.
Two young men, including one minor, were shot with live ammunition during the dispersal of a weekly anti-coup rally in Cairo's northwestern Marg district, according to the source, who requested anonymity.
The two slain protesters sustained gunshot injuries to the abdomen and back respectively, the source added.
Another young protester was killed after being shot with birdshot during the dispersal of a similar demonstration in eastern Cairo's Matariya district, the source said.
The three men are the first to die as a result of political violence since former army chief-turned-president Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi, widely regarded as the driving force behind Morsi's ouster last summer, was sworn in as president earlier this month.
According to the source, two other protesters were arrested during the melee in Matariya.
The source said that Egyptian security forces had opened fire on demonstrators during the protest dispersal.
The Interior Ministry confirmed two of the three reported fatalities, but said the deaths had occurred during "clashes between terrorist Muslim Brotherhood members and citizens" in Cairo's Marg district.
Eight more people had been injured in the clashes, the ministry said, without specifying their political affiliations.
The ministry went on to assert that 33 protesters had been arrested for taking part in "unauthorized protests."
Legislation issued last November by former interim president Adly Mansour allows the security forces to forcibly disperse unauthorized demonstrations.
Since Morsi's ouster almost one year ago, hundreds have been killed and tens of thousands detained in an ongoing crackdown on dissent by Egypt's army-backed government.Last Mod: 21 Haziran 2014, 09:52