UPDATED: 12 dead, 200 injured in clashes between Morsi supporters and opponents in Alexandria

Ahram Online, Saturday 6 Jul 2013

Egyptian police and army attempt to break up clashes between supporters and opponents of ejected President Mohamed Morsi in Alexandria

At least 12 dead and 200 injured in Alexandria clashes between opponents and supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi, MENA cites head of Alexandria Ambulance Authority. 

Fresh violence erupted in Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria Friday night between police forces and thousands of supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi.

Violence extended along the street leading up to the northern military base headquarters, where pro-Morsi protesters had marched on earlier on Friday

Earlier in the day, supporters and opponents of Morsi clashed near the military base headquarters where hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters marched in response to Islamists calls for protest against Morsi's removal.

Violence broke out on Friday afternoon after Morsi supporters were reportedly harassed by anti-Morsi passersby. Police intervened to form a buffer in attempt to disperse the crowds, according to Al-Ahram Arabic news website.

Gunshots were heard during the clashes, with no casualties reported as of 6pm.

Cairo has also seen deadly clashes outside of the recreational club of the officers of the Republican Guard in the district of Heliopolis where at least two Morsi backers have been killed on Friday.

Thousands have taken part in support marches dubbed "Friday of rejection" in Cairo, and in the northern cities of Alexandria, Beheira and the Upper Egyptian city of Minya following Friday prayers.

The National Coalition to Support Legitimacy, Islamist coalition led by the Muslim Brotherhood from which Morsi hails, had called for "peaceful protests on Friday in all of Egypt’s provinces to denounce the military coup against legitimacy and in support of the legitimacy of President Morsi."

Morsi, who took office last June after winning Egypt's first post-Mubarak democratic elections, was forced out of office on Wednesday by military chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, in response to four days of nationwide mass protests against his government.

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