127 people killed in Egypt violence
CAIRO - At least 127 people were killed and scores injured on Friday in attacks on a number of rallies staged by supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi in several Egyptian cities, according to a tally compiled by the Anadolu Agency.
Eighty-one people were killed when a rally came under attack in Ramses Square in downtown Cairo, medics and eyewitnesses told the AA.
Violence erupted when unidentified gunmen attacked marchers in Cairo`s Ramses district just outside a local police station.
Six people were killed and 35 others injured in clashes between protesters and unidentified individuals in the coastal city of Alexandria.
Seven people were killed and 52 injured in the Nile Delta city of Damietta in an attack by gunmen on a funeral for a demonstrator killed earlier.
Six other demonstrators were killed when their rally came under fire in the canal city of Ismailia.
Another person was killed and three others injured when masked gunmen tried to storm a police station in the town of Tel al-Kabir in Ismailia.
Seven people lost their lives and 74 were injured in clashes near the local security directorate in Egypt`s Fayoum province, some 100 km south of Cairo.
Three people were killed during an attempt to storm a police station in 6 October City, 38 km off Cairo.
One protester was also killed in Sphinx Square in western Cairo, according to medical sources.
One person was killed in an attack on an anti-coup rally in the northern Sinai Peninsula.
Three people were killed and 66 injured, including eight police officers, when a group of bearded men attempted to storm a hospital in the canal city of Port Said.
Pro-Morsi demonstrators also came under attack in Giza Square amid unconfirmed reports of at least one fatality.
Attackers also hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at an anti-coup demonstration in eastern Cairo`s Ain Shams district.
Demonstrators were also attacked with teargas in the Nile Delta province of Daqahliya.
Another person was killed and 50 injured in clashes in the Nile Delta city of Tanta.
The Health Ministry, however, has put the tally at only 17 during Friday`s violence.
Anti-coup staged a fresh wave of rallies in several Egyptian cities today to protest Wednesday`s violent dispersal of two main pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo`s Rabaa al-Adawiya Square and Giza`s Nahda Square.
Excluding Friday`s fatalities, at least 638 people have been killed in nationwide violence since Wednesday, including 288 in Rabaa al-Adawiya and 87 in Nahda, according to the Egyptian Health Ministry.
However, the official death toll remains far below that given by the pro-Morsi National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, which has put the number of deaths from the Rabaa sit-in alone at some 2,600.
Friday, August 16, 2013