At least one was killed and 11 injured in clashes that broke out in the late hours of Tuesday during a march by supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in the Giza district of Faissal in greater Cairo.
The Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails, has accused plain clothes police of firing on their march in Faissal Street. The slain citizen was reportedly a pro-Morsi protester, according to Reuters.
Police fired teargas in an attempt to disperse the crowd. Gunfire sounds could be heard from the entrances to Faissal street, close to the clashes where residents forced motorists to turn around to avoid getting caught up in the violence.
It is unclear how the violence started. Eyewitnesses told Ahram’s Arabic news website that the residents of the area had clashed with the march.
Earlier on Tuesday, thousands of Morsi supporters marched to the Interior Ministry and were confronted by residents who threw stones and bottles and taunted them as "terrorists", Reuters reported. Police also fired teargas at the demonstration which had brought Cairo traffic to a standstill.
Egypt has been convulsed by fears over the prospect of more bloodshed for the past week, with authorities repeatedly warning Morsi supporters that they would disperse their sit ins in Cairo’s Rabaa and Nahda squares, where tens of thousands have camped for more than 40 days to demand his reinstatement.
Around 300 have been killed in clashes pitting Morsi supporters against his opponents and security forces since the army ousted Egypt’s first freely elected president on 3 July.