5 dead in Cairo clashes Friday: health ministry

Ahram Online , Saturday 29 Mar 2014

Twenty-two were injured nationwide in protests against El-Sisi's presidential bid, says health ministry

Funeral of 22 year-old journalist Mayada Ashraf, who was killed during clashes between Egyptian police and Muslim Brotherhood supporters, 29 March 2014 (Photo: AP)

Clashes between security forces, supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and locals left five dead and 18 injured in various districts in East Cairo Friday.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Health, three, including a young reporter, were killed in Alf Maskan.

A Coptic woman, Mary George, was reportedly stabbed to death by pro-Morsi supporters in the same area.

In the nearby neighbourhoods of Mazlean El-Eshreen and Mazlaean Ain Shams, two other citizens were killed and sent to a hospital by locals.

Outside the capital, four were injured in the Nile Delta's Damietta, added the statement.

Meanwhile, a statement by the Ministry of Interior said that 100 were arrested across the country Friday.

The clashes come amid continuous calls for protest by the Muslim Brotherhood-led National Alliance to Support Legitimacy against Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's recent announcement of his running for the presidency.

The group slammed his decision and said it confirms that the ouster of Morsi last July was a "coup d'etat."

The alliance has been behind protests on a regular basis since Morsi’s ouster, although the number of demonstrators has decreased significantly in recent months in the face of a crackdown by security forces.

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