6 Egypt protesters killed in Rabaa anniversary rallies

By Islam Mosaad, Friday, August 15, 2014

The death toll from the dispersal of protests staged by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi rose to six on Friday as violence continued to mar the first anniversary of the bloody dispersal of two pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo and Giza

The death toll from the dispersal of protests staged by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi rose to six on Friday as violence continued to mar the first anniversary of the bloody dispersal of two pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo and Giza

CAIRO – The death toll from the dispersal of protests staged by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi rose to six on Friday as violence continued to mar the first anniversary of the bloody dispersal of two pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo and Giza.

"A young man named Wael Said was shot with live fire during a protest in [eastern Cairo's] Matariya district," a source from the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, Morsi's main support bloc, told Anadolu Agency.

Another alliance source said two other protesters had been killed by live fire when security forces dispersed a protest in Giza's town of Hawamdia.

Earlier Friday, another alliance source said three people had been gunned down when security forces dispersed a pro-Morsi protest on Al-Haram Street in the Giza province, including one local resident who had not been participating in the rally.

Friday's protests were called for by the alliance to mark the first anniversary of the killing of hundreds of pro-Morsi protesters when security forces violently cleared their twin sit-ins in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square and Giza's Nahda Square.

On Thursday, at least seven protesters were killed when security forces dispersed rallies marking the anniversary, according to sources from the pro-Morsi alliance.

Egypt's Health Ministry, however, said that only four deaths had been confirmed, including that of a policeman.

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, was declared winner of a presidential poll conducted in May.

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