Protesters run during clashes with police in Ain Shams area east of Cairo. REUTERS/Al Youm Al Saabi Newspaper
At least three people have been killed in clashes in Cairo
amid protests by the Muslim Brotherhood, days after hundreds
of its Islamist supporters were sentenced to death, official
Newspaper Al Dustour said on its website Mayada Ashraf, one
of its journalists, had died covering fighting which security
sources said had involved Brotherhood supporters, security
forces and residents.
Another website posted footage of a seemingly unconscious
woman with a bloodstained face being carried down a street,
identifying her as the journalist. The authenticity of the
video could not be independently verified.
Security sources said birdshot had been fired during the
clashes. A health ministry official, who declined to be
named, said three people had been killed and at least one of
those died from live ammunition.
State-run news agency MENA quoted an unnamed interior
ministry official as saying four citizens were killed in the
clashes, blaming Brotherhood supporters for the deaths. It
added nine Brotherhood supporters suspected of opening fire
on citizens had been detained.
The Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice party published a
statement on its Facebook page blaming security forces for
the death of the journalist.
Hundreds of Brotherhood supporters took to the streets in
scattered protests across Egypt on Friday, in some instances
throwing missiles at police who fired tear gas.
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who deposed elected Islamist President
Mohamed Mursi in July after mass protests, announced on
Wednesday his resignation as army chief and his intention to
run in presidential elections that he is widely expected to
Supporters of Mursi's Brotherhood, outlawed and branded a
terrorist group by the army-backed authorities, see Sisi as
the leader of a coup against a democratically elected
Since Mursi's overthrow the authorities have staged a
crackdown on the Brotherhood, killing hundreds and arresting
thousands, including most of its top leaders. The Brotherhood
says it is committed to peaceful activism.
A court sentenced more than 500 Brotherhood supporters to
death on Monday, triggering clashes between security forces
and protesters in which at least one man was killed on
Egypt has seen three years of political turmoil since an
uprising ended Hosni Mubarak's three decades of one-man rule.