Egypt clashes kill 1

2013-11-15 22:24
Egyptian riot police try to quell clashes between opponents and supporters of President Mohammed Morsi in the Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria. (AFP /STR)

Egyptian riot police try to quell clashes between opponents and supporters of President Mohammed Morsi in the Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria. (AFP /STR)

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Cairo - Several thousand supporters of Egypt's ousted president rallied Friday as security forces deployed extra police officers and soldiers for the first weekend since a curfew across much of the country ended.

Clashes between supporters of toppled leader Mohammed Morsi and residents in Alexandria killed a 16-year-old boy, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. It said Ihab Selim suffered a gunshot wound to the chest in the fighting and it was unclear who fired the shot.

The statement said police arrested seven Morsi supporters over the clashes.

A coalition supporting Morsi also peacefully protested at the presidential palace in Cairo. The military overthrew Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood-backed government in a popularly supported coup 3 July.

Supporters held near-daily protests since Morsi was toppled, with some demonstrations ending in bloody clashes with security forces or opponents.

Friday's planned protests largely fizzled out with fewer participants. In the recent weeks, the numbers of protesters have fallen sharply as authorities have arrested hundreds of Brotherhood leaders and rank-and-file members.

This Friday also marked the first weekend since the end of emergency rule in the country, following an 14 August security force crackdown on camps of Morsi supporters in Cairo that killed more than 600 people and sparked days of unrest. A curfew over much of the country ended with it.

Worried about potential unrest from the curfew ending, authorities deployed extra police officers and soldiers to the streets. They also positioned armoured personnel carriers at some major squares.

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