Tens injured in clashes to oust pro-Morsi protesters in Egypt's Delta

Ahram Online, Monday 5 Aug 2013

Some Damietta residents didn't take kindly to a pro-Morsi protest intending to set up a sit-in at the Islamic Centre; clashes ensued in Damietta, Tanta and Damanhour

At least 12 people were injured in Egypt's Nile Delta city of Damietta when supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi and residents clashed late on Sunday, according to the latest official health ministry statement.

After staging a march across the city's streets pro-Morsi demonstrators stopped at the Islamic Centre where they were planning to start a sit-in. Local residents, however, rejected their choice of location.

The rival camps threw stones and Molotov cocktails at each other and gunshots were heard in the clashes, according to Al-Ahram Arabic news portal. At least five were injured by gunshots. Other sources, such as Reuters' Aswat Masriya claim as many as 55 injuries.

Security forces fired tear gas to disperse the crowds and arrested 30 people in the melee.

Similarly, two were injured in Damanhour of Beheira governorate, Nile Delta, in clashes between Morsi supporters and opponents. One of the injured was a reporter from Al-Tahrir daily newspaper, Al-Ahram Arabic-language news portal reports. 

In Tanta, Gharbiya governorate, four were injured - including two with birdshot - in similar clashes in the city. Police forces arrested eight people in the aftermath.

Morsi was deposed by the army on 3 July amid mass nationwide protests to oust him.

Ever since, pro-Morsi demonstrators, led by the Muslim Brotherhood who fielded him for in the elections, have been staging sit-ins and marches nationwide, decrying the ouster a "military coup" against Egypt's first democratically-elected president. Clashes have often erupted between Morsi's opponents or security forces leaving at least 200 dead and hundreds injured.

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