Egypt: 6 dead in nationwide clashes

2013-07-05 20:58
Egyptian traditional dancers known as whirling dervishes dance as they are surrounded by opponents of Egypt's ousted president Mohammed Morsi in Tahrir Square in Cairo.(Amr Nabil, AP

Egyptian traditional dancers known as whirling dervishes dance as they are surrounded by opponents of Egypt's ousted president Mohammed Morsi in Tahrir Square in Cairo.(Amr Nabil, AP

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Cairo - A Health Ministry official says six people have been killed in clashes around the country involving opponents and backers of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, as well as security forces.

In Cairo, a crowd of Islamists surged across a bridge over the Nile River after nightfall and clashed with Morsi opponents near Tahrir Square and outside the state TV building. One witness reports gunfire and stone throwing.

Clashes, some involving police, erupted in cities of southern Egypt, along the Suez Canal and in the Nile Delta as Morsi supporters marched on local government buildings.

Khaled el-Khatib, a Health Ministry official, says four people have been killed in Cairo and two elsewhere, with 180 wounded.

- AP
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