2 killed in Egypt protest clashes

2014-04-25 18:23
(Virginie Hoang, AFP)

(Virginie Hoang, AFP)

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Cairo - Two people were killed in clashes on Friday between protesters and police in the Egyptian city of Fayoum, security officials said, in the latest Islamist demonstrations against the military-installed regime.

Supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi have pressed a protest campaign since his overthrow last July, despite an extensive crackdown that has killed more than 1 400 people and imprisoned thousands.

One of the two killed on Friday, a 52-year-old man, was suffocated by tear gas during the clashes in Fayoum province southwest of Cairo.

The other fatality was a woman, but the officials did not say how she died.

Protests are expected to continue as Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the ex-army chief who toppled Morsi, stands in a late May presidential election he is expected to win.

Sisi is widely backed by Egyptians who want a restoration of stability, but Morsi supporters consider him the mastermind of a coup against the country's first freely elected president.

Morsi's overthrow also unleashed a widening militant campaign that has killed about 500 people, mostly members of the security forces.

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