|Anti-Morsi protesters clash with police in front of the Egyptian presidential palace after tens of protesters tried to set fire to the building in Cario, Egypt, on Feb. 1, 2013. At least one person was killed in clashes, local media reported.(Xinhua/Amru Salahuddien)
CAIRO, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) -- At least one person was killed in clashes outside Egypt's presidential palace between protesters and security forces, official al-Ahram online reported on Friday evening.
Till late Friday, the Egyptian health ministry said some 24 people have been injured in the clashes near the presidential palace in Heliopolis of Cairo, while denying any deaths have taken place.
Earlier, tens of thousands of people, urged by opposition parties, took to the streets across the country in protest of the government and the newly-written constitution, according to al- Ahram.
The protests later turned violent with some protesters throwing Molotov cocktails and fireworks in the direction of the palace and security members responding with massive water hoses and teargas, witnesses told Xinhua.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi said in a statement carried by the state TV that he held the political forces responsible for Friday's clashes outside his palace.
"These violent, vandalistic acts have nothing to do with any legitimate political practices of peaceful expression of opinion," the statement said.
Morsi also urged the political forces to denounce the violence and to call their supporters to immediately leave the area, adding that there will be investigation into the aggression.