Journalist shot dead in Egypt

Cairo, March 29: An Egyptian journalist was killed Friday during clashes between security forces and supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi at a neighbourhood in Cairo, media reported.

“Our colleague Maiada Ashraf, journalist, was shot dead while covering the ongoing clashes at Ezbat al-Nakhl neighbourhood in Ain Shams town in Cairo,” Xinhua quoted Dostor online newspaper, for which the journalist worked, as saying in a report.

Several marches were staged Friday by Morsi’s supporters across Egypt in reaction to the recently-announced presidential bid of ex-military chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who carried out Morsi’s ouster.

Protests were held at several provinces, including the national capital, Giza, Alexandria, Fayoum, Beheira, Qalioubiya and Qena.

Clashes between security men and protesters during some marches left several people injured.

Pro-Morsi protesters chanted slogans against the military and the government as they consider Morsi’s removal by the army last July “a military coup”.

Morsi’s loyalists were infuriated when Sisi officially announced that he would run for president.

Since Morsi’s removal, his loyalists have been staging constant anti-government protests in defiance of a fierce security crackdown, mass arrests and trials as well as a new anti-protest law.