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Health Ministry: Two Egyptians killed at pro-Mursi rallies

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At least two Egyptians were killed on Friday as Muslim Brotherhood members clashed with opponents during mass protests against the government, the Health Ministry said.

Thousands of supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi turned out for protests in Cairo after Friday prayers, despite a sustained crackdown on Islamists by the country’s new authorities.

Islamist held smaller rallies elsewhere in the country, with medics reporting two people killed in Alexandria and the Nile Delta province of Damietta in clashes between Mursi supporters and opponents, AFP reported.

Far from returning to normality after the army’s overthrow of Mursi on July 3 following mass protests, the Arab world’s most populous nation has remained on edge in fear of violence.

That fear was reinforced on Thursday when Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim survived a presumed suicide car bomb targeting his convoy, the culmination of a series of militant attacks.

Although it has yet to assign blame for that attack, the interim government has accused Brotherhood leaders of inciting violence, and portrayed the crackdown on the movement as a fight against terrorism - a view that many Egyptians endorse.

The new establishment has unveiled plans to revise the constitution to remove some Islamist-inspired amendments pushed through by Mursi, as well as lifting a ban on Mubarak-era officials returning to public office, before holding parliamentary and presidential elections early next year.

(With AFP and AP)