Seven Killed In Clashes On First Day Of Egypt’s Referendum

Seven people were killed in clashes involving supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood on Tuesday, the first day in a referendum on a new constitution, security sources told Ahram Arabic news website.

Four were killed others wounded in a march led by Brotherhood supporters near a polling station in the southern Egyptian governorate of Sohag.

Police fired teargas to disperse the crowd and heavy gunfire was reported. It was unclear how the violence started.

Earlier in the day, a 25-year-old man was killed during a protest against the referendum in the southern Beni Suef governorate.

Two were killed during the clashes in Giza’s Nahya district.

Egyptians turned out at polling stations on Tuesday to vote on a new charter that authorities have billed as the first step in a post-June 30 political roadmap towards democratic rule.

Source : Ahram