UPDATED: One dead as skirmishes erupt in Egypt's Nile Delta

Ahram Online , Friday 23 Aug 2013

Angry mobs reportedly attacked pro-Morsi demonstrations and houses of Brotherhood members in Daqahliya and Gharbiya, leaving one dead in the latter governorate on 'Friday of Martyrs'

Violence broke out Friday in several cities across Egypt as demonstrations by mostly Islamist supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi took to the streets and clashed with their angry opponents.

At least one Morsi loyalist, named Mohamed Abdullah, was killed in Tanta city, in the Nile Delta Gharbiya governorate. The scuffles also left at least 25 injured.

In the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, Daqahliya governorate, Al-Ahram Arabic news site reported that hundreds of residents attacked one of the pro-Morsi marches and police fired tear gas. Scuffles erupted in several streets.

Also, angry mobs reportedly attacked houses of Brotherhood members in the district of Gadila.

Similar clashes also took place in Anshas Al-Raml village in Nile Delta's Sharqiya governorate, as supporters and opponents of Morsi threw stones at each other. 

The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, an Islamist coalition led by the Muslim Brotherhood against the ouster of Morsi, announced it would stage demonstrations nationwide.

It dubbed the protests the "Friday of Martyrs," to the police's deadly crackdown on the Islamist sit-ins on 21 August, which left over 600 dead.

Meanwhile, about ten marches took to the streets in greater Cairo. Other cities nationwide are also witnessing demonstrations, however, they have remained largely peaceful.

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