Two killed during pro-Morsi marches in Egypt

Cairo, Feb 15: At least two people were killed Friday during clashes between supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and security forces along with some residents, media reports said.

A 40-year-old man was killed in the coastal province of Damietta during violent confrontations between Morsi’s loyalists and some residents who rejected their anti-military slogans, Xinhua quoted the official MENA news agency as saying.

The second victim was a 12-year-old boy in Egypt’s Menia governorate who was killed in the clashes between the police and a group of protesters.

Morsi’s supporters staged anti-government protests across the country, which were urged by a pro-Morsi Islamist alliance led by the Muslim Brotherhood, to mark the six month anniversary of the army’s dispersal operation of two major pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo and Giza that left about 1,000 people killed and thousands arrested.

Since Morsi was removed by the military last July, his supporters have been holding marches nationwide, calling his ouster as “a military coup”, and urging his reinstatement.

Egypt’s interim leadership has recently blacklisted the Muslim Brotherhood as “a terrorist organisation” and is currently implementing a roadmap which includes the newly-approved constitution and upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections.

IANS