Two supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi were reportedly shot dead on Tuesday evening as military forces attempted to disperse a pro-Morsi rally in the Upper Egyptian city of Beni Suef.
An eyewitness told Al-Ahram’s Arabic news website that hundreds of Morsi supporters had gathered in front of a mosque to begin a pro-Morsi march when a passing military patrol attempted to disperse the crowd, leading to violent clashes.
Medical sources said that the two slain protesters had sustained gunshot wounds and that two out of eight other injured protesters, who are all suffering from bullet wounds, are in a critical condition.
A senior military official in Beni Suef told Ahram Arabic that security forces had not fired at protesters.
The last week has seen comparatively few violent clashes between Morsi supporters and security forces, following the upheaval spurred by the violent dispersal of the pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo on 14 August which resulted in hundreds of deaths.