6 killed in Rabaa anniversary rallies: Pro-Morsi bloc

At least six Egyptians were killed on Thursday when security forces dispersed rallies marking the passage of one year since the bloody dispersal of two major sit-ins by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi in Cairo and Giza

At least six Egyptians were killed on Thursday when security forces dispersed rallies marking the passage of one year since the bloody dispersal of two major sit-ins by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi in Cairo and Giza

CAIRO – At least six Egyptians were killed on Thursday when security forces dispersed rallies marking the passage of one year since the bloody dispersal of two major sit-ins by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi in Cairo and Giza, according to sources from Morsi's main support bloc.

Khairi al-Shawadfi, from the Nile Delta province of Sharqiya, died after being shot in the stomach with birdshot as security forces dispersed a pro-Morsi rally in Giza's Mohandiseen district, a source from the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, Morsi's main support bloc, told Anadolu Agency.

Islam Gamal, 26, was also killed by police gunfire during the dispersal of a similar protest in southern Cairo's Maadi district, the source said.

Three others were also killed after being shot when security forces broke up a pro-Morsi protest in eastern Cairo's Matariya neighborhood, according to another alliance source.

The three slain demonstrators have been identified as Omar Ramadan, 24; Eman Mohamed, 18; and Ahmed Labib, whose age is unknown, the source said.

A sixth fatality was also reported in Mohandiseen, but his or her identity remains unknown, an alliance source said.

Interior Ministry officials were unavailable for comment, but police usually deny using live ammunition against demonstrators.

Khaled al-Khatib, head of emergency services at the Health Ministry, told AA that that the ministry had not received any reports of deaths during Thursday's protests.

"Only one injury was reported in Fayoum and they were taken to the hospital," he added.

Demonstrators staged several rallies on Thursday to mark the passage of one year since hundreds of pro-Morsi protesters were gunned down by security forces during the dispersal of twin sit-ins in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square and Giza's Nahda Square.

In eastern Cairo's Nasr City district, near the now-iconic Rabaa Square, protesters on Thursday marched in red-stained shrouds to symbolize the killings one year ago.

"The people demand the fall of the regime," they shouted.

Some carried posters of Morsi, who is currently in prison pending multiple trials on charges his supporters insist are fabricated.

Protesters staged additional demonstrations in several other cities across the country to demand the prosecution of officials who ordered last summer's bloody sit-in dispersals.

At least 63 Muslim Brotherhood members in seven Egyptian provinces were arrested on Thursday for allegedly committing "acts of rioting and violence," a security source said.

Thursday's protests came in response to calls by the pro-Morsi National Alliance for an "uprising" against Egypt's military-backed government.

The protests come amid stepped-up deployments by Egyptian security forces on main streets and around vital facilities.

Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader who won Egypt's first free presidential election in 2012, was ousted by the military in July of last year following protests against his single year in office.

Former army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, widely seen as the architect of Morsi's ouster and subsequent imprisonment last summer, was declared winner of a presidential poll conducted in May.

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