One teenage male was killed and four people injured on Friday during clashes between security forces and Muslim Brotherhood supporters in central Egypt’s Giza, health ministry spokesperson Hossam Abdel Ghafar told Ahram Online.
The clashes took place following a minor protest held by loyalists of the banned Muslim Brotherhood in support of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
Abdel Ghafar stated that the teenager who was killed was 18 years old and died by unidentified gun shots to his chest. He was transferred by Al-Haram residents to the forensics unit of “Om Al-Masreyeen” hospital.
Officials could not identify whether the 18 year-old was a Brotherhood supporter who was participating in the protest or not. A statement by the health ministry highlighted that his body is being examined by the general prosecution.
Three of the injured are civilians while one is a policeman, according to the statement.
Egyptian authorities banned unauthorised protests in November of last year, putting restrictions on public assembly that were deemed repressive by rights activists.
The Muslim Brotherhood, banned by the government and declared a terrorist organisation, has staged regular protests since Morsi’s ouster against the current regime.
It has also demonstrated against the detention of its members, especially on university campuses.
While group, has reiterated its commitment to peaceful demonstrations, a large number of people have been killed in recurrent clashes since the ouster of Morsi.
The government has arrested hundreds of people over the past year under the provisions of the protest law. It has also launched a crackdown on the Brotherhood, putting dozens of its top leaders, including Morsi, on trial.
Source : Ahram online