Violence mars Friday protests in Egypt

Two people died during violent riots in Alexandria on Friday.

Violence mars Friday protests in Egypt

World Bulletin / News Desk

Two Egyptians were killed in the coastal city of Alexandria on Friday as violence marred demonstrations staged by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

According to Egypt's Interior Ministry, a 16-year-old boy was killed after being shot in the neck and chest with birdshot during clashes between Morsi supporters and opponents in eastern Alexandria's Al-Raml district.

The ministry neglected to specify, however, whether the young man had been a Morsi supporter or opponent.

Elsewhere in the coastal city, a 13-year-old boy was killed after being run over by a public bus.

According to sources with the Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which Morsi hails, the boy was hit by the bus while trying to escape security forces that had been pursuing pro-Morsi demonstrators in the city's Dekhila district.

The Alexandria Security Directorate dismissed the claim, however, saying the incident was unrelated to Friday's protests.

Friday's rallies were called by the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, Morsi's main support bloc, to urge members of Egypt's judiciary to issue "fair" judicial rulings.

For the last 141 days, pro-democracy demonstrators have staged rallies on an almost daily basis to denounce what they describe as the July 3 "military coup" that unseated Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president.

Last Mod: 16 Kasım 2013, 09:27
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