Latest News from the Associated Press
Jul 11, 1:01 PM EDT

2 killed in Egypt clashes during Islamist protests


World Video

Latest News
4,300-year-old pyramid discovered in Egypt
Women join fight against female circumcision
Cheap electronics threaten Egyptian repairmen
2 killed in Egypt clashes during Islamist protests

Egypt leader wishes journalists weren't tried

Israeli field may supply gas to Egypt facility

Egypt's army says 'virus cure' needs more tests

Buy AP Photo Reprints

CAIRO (AP) -- Clashes erupted Friday in the Egyptian capital Cairo between protesting supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and local residents opposed to his Muslim Brotherhood, killing two people, an Egyptian health official said.

A security official said that police fired tear gas to disperse the fighting between Morsi supporters and residents in Cairo's Matariya neighborhood who turned out against their protest. Residents brought the dead to a nearby hospital and told police that birdshot was fired at them during the clashes. The official said security is investigating whether they were killed in the clashes or in a separate incident. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters.

Emergency services chief Mohammed Sultan said three people were wounded in the fighting.

Weekly demonstrations by pro-Morsi protesters have been frequently turned into clashes with security forces or with hostile residents. But protesters' numbers on the street have sharply decreased amid a security crackdown that left hundreds killed and put at least 22,000 in jail.

© 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Advertisements