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6 killed, 42 injured in pro-Morsi protests in Egypt
At least six people were killed and 42 others injured on Friday in clashes across Egypt between supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and security forces, the health ministry said.
The health ministry's statement stated that "three were killed in Cairo, one in Alexandria, one in Ismailia and one in Fayoum," noting the injuries took place in the provinces in addition to Beni Sweif.
Following the Friday prayers, hundreds of Morsi's supporters took to main squares in nationwide to protest against the armed forces, the police and the new draft constitution.
The protesters at Faysal district in Giza hurled Molotov cocktails at an armored police vehicle and set it on fire. They also blocked the roads and fired at police officers, the official news agency MENA reported.
State TV footage showed hundreds of Morsi's loyalists protesting in eastern Cairo's Nasar City, carrying posters against the interim government and Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi who led the ouster of Morsi in July.
Egyptian security forces have intensified their presence in Cairo's main streets following calls for renewed demonstrations by the National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, a pro-Morsi coalition led by the Muslim Brotherhood.
The coalition urged "the people to continue their rage and peaceful resistance" in preparation for another demonstration on Jan. 8, the date set for the second session of Morsi's trial over charges related to inciting violence and murdering of protesters outside the presidential palace in early December 2012.
The Islamists' protests are defiant to the government's protest law and it's recent decision to declare the Brotherhood as "a terrorist group," only one day after a deadly blast hit a security building in Daqahliya province.
[Source: Xinhua, Cairo, 03Jan14]
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