Egypt: three killed in Islamist protests

Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda squares were sites of a brutal crackdown by security forces on Mursi’s supporters on Aug. 14. (AFP)

Clashes across Egypt on Friday left at least three killed including one child as thousands of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Mursi rallied to mark 100 days since a deadly crackdown on Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda sit-ins.

The 10-year-old boy was killed by gunfire in the city of Suez during clashes between supporters and opponents of Mursi, Al Arabiya Television reported.

Samir el-Gamal was hit by a bullet in the back of the head while he was walking with his mother near the site of the clashes, a witness told AFP.

El-Gamal’s family accused the Muslim Brotherhood of being responsible for the death, the state news agency MENA reported.

The Friday rallies were called for by the anti-coup coalition known as the National Alliance in Support of Legitimacy.

Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda squares were sites of a brutal crackdown by security forces on Mursi’s supporters on Aug. 14. Hundreds of people were killed in some of the worst carnage in Egypt's modern history.

Since the bloody Aug. 14 crackdown, more than 1,000 people have been killed across Egypt, while more than 2,000, mostly Islamists, have been detained.

Muslim Brotherhood protesters demand the reinstatement of Mursi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, who was deposed by the military following mass protests against him in July.

 

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