Violent clashes reportedly erupted in Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria on Tuesday evening during a protest in support of the Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which former president Mohamed Morsi hails.
According Al-Ahram’s Arabic website, dozens of Muslim Brotherhood supporters were attacked by residents of Alexandria’s El-Seyouf district after they chanted against army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, who removed Morsi from power on 3 July following mass protests against his rule.
Live ammunition and birdshot were fired during the clashes, Al-Ahram’s Arabic reporter in Alexandria reported.
As of 9pm local time, no official account of casualties from the clashes has been released.
Amid unprecedented levels of political polarisation, Morsi supporters continue to organise daily rallies across Egypt in rejection of what they see as a military coup against the elected Islamist president. Pro-Morsi protesters have also rallied against the interim government’s violent crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood members following the former president’s ouster.
On 14 August, security forces killed hundreds of Morsi supporters in an operation to disperse the two main pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo and Giza.
Source : Ahram