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Health ministry says 4 killed in pro-Morsi clashes in Egypt

Health ministry says 4 killed in pro-Morsi clashes in Egypt

PanARMENIAN.Net - Egyptian health ministry said early Saturday, Jan 18, four deaths took place in violent clashes between security forces and pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters on Friday, Ahram Online reported.

According to the ministry, three deaths took place in Cairo and one in Fayoum governorate. The ministry also said a total of 15 people have been injured in the governorates of Cairo, Giza, Fayoum, and Minya.

Security sources said that six pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters have been killed. A total of 133 protesters were arrested, the ministry of interior said.

Protesters were demonstrating in support of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and against the transitional authorities, on the first Friday after a constitutional referendum that authorities have touted as a key step in the post-Morsi roadmap.

Violent clashes also took place between security forces and students in Nasr City in Cairo, when students from Al-Azhar University attempted to block traffic.

Students from Al-Azhar also blocked off the university dormitories after Friday afternoon prayers, demanding the release of colleagues detained in recent protests and the reinstatement of ousted president Morsi.

Clashes also erupted at Cairo University on Friday between protesting students and security forces. Students protested outside the university in condemnation of the death of a Cairo University student on Thursday during the clashes between security forces and students.

Groups of students who oppose the transitional authorities have been protesting on campuses around Egypt for months, and a number of been killed in clashes with security forces.

Pro-Morsi protesters also organized rallies in several other districts of Greater Cairo, including Imbaba, Mohandiseen, Nahya, and Al-Haram, rejecting the results of this week’s constitutional referendum and demanding the reinstatement of Morsi and the 2012 constitution. One rally in El-Hawamdeyya, Giza, was attacked by local residents with fireworks.

Clashes were also reported between pro-Morsi protesters and security forces or local residents in Alexandria, Beheira, and Suez on Friday afternoon. In Alexandria at least 14 pro-Morsi protesters were arrested, while in Ismailia at least 3 protesters were injured.

Security measures were increased at key locations in the capital, including the Ittihadiya presidential palace, Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square, and Tahrir Square.

The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, a coalition led by Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, had announced on Thursday that it would organize protests and rallies on Friday under the banner of "revolutionary resistance."

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