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2 killed in Egypt clashes between police, Morsi's supporters

English.news.cn   2014-01-17 22:48:30

CAIRO, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- At least two people were killed on Friday in Egypt during clashes between the police and supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, official MENA news agency quoted a health ministry statement as saying.

"The two deaths occurred in the capital Cairo and Fayoum province south of Cairo," the statement said, noting the ten injured cases took place in the two governorates in addition to the nearby Giza, the Suez Canal province of Port Said and Menia in Upper Egypt.

On Friday, Morsi's supporters staged a string of marches in Cairo and other governorates countrywide to voice their rejection of the military-backed interim government and the new constitution.

Similar confrontations erupted in several governorates across the country, including Suez, Alexandria and Beni Sweif, but no casualties were reported.

The clashes came two days after Egypt wrapped up a two-day referendum on a new draft constitution, whose initial results showed it would be approved by sweeping majority of votes.

The new constitution is meant to replace the previous one drafted and approved in late 2012 under Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood group, which has recently been labelled by the interim government as "a terrorist organization."

Since Morsi's removal by the military in early July 2013, Islamists have been holding anti-government protests, denouncing Morsi's ouster as "a military coup" and the new constitution as " illegitimate."

Thousands of Brotherhood members and their supporters, including the group's leading figures, have also been arrested since then.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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