At least six people were killed Friday when supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood clashed with police in Cairo and in cities across Egypt, defying an ever-widening state crackdown on the Islamist movement.
Islamist opponents to the army’s overthrow of former President Mohamed Morsi in July have been holding daily demonstrations, even after the army-backed government declared his Brotherhood a terrorist group last week and increased the penalties for dissent.
A male protester and a woman were shot dead during clashes between anti-coup demonstrators and police in the coastal city of Alexandria, medical and security sources said. There were conflicting reports as to whether the woman was a protester or an onlooker.
Another demonstrator was shot dead by police in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia after a march set off from a mosque after midday prayers, medical sources said.
In the rural province of Fayoum, southwest of Cairo, a protester died from a bullet wound to the head, local Health Ministry official Medhat Shukri told Reuters.
At least 42 people were injured during the latest protests, Shukri added. Security officials said 122 people were arrested by the time protests had simmered down.