One woman killed in Friday's clashes

Saturday 23-08-2014 12:06 PM
One woman killed in Friday's clashes

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi (back) clash with anti-Mursi protesters, along Qasr Al Nil bridge, which leads to Tahrir Square, in Cairo July 22, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer


CAIRO, Aug 23 (Aswat Masriya) – One woman was killed in the Cairo neighbourhood of Ain Shams on Friday as a protest supporting ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi turned violent.

Hisham Abdel Hameed, the Forensics Authority spokesman, told Aswat Masriya the female victim died due to a gunshot to the chest. 

The pro-Mursi National Coalition for Supporting Legitimacy said the woman was shot by security forces while marching in Ain Shams. The coalition comprises of political movements supportive of Mursi, most notably by his Muslim Brotherhood.

The Ministry of Interior said it arrested 35 "rioters" following nationwide protests orgsanised by the Muslim Brotherhood in a statement on Friday. 

In Qalyubia, the ministry said it arrested 14. It also arrested five in Beheira, seven in Assiut, two in Minya and seven in Giza.  Molotov cocktails, birdshot guns, a motorbike and a car were among the elements confiscated at the time of the protesters' arrest.

The National Coalition for Supporting Legitimacy has been holding protests denouncing the current regime since Mursi's ouster in July 2013 almost on a weekly basis. Protests usually devolve into violent clashes, especially on Fridays.

The coalition is calling for a partial strike starting August 30 as a form of protest, in preparation for a mass civil disobedience movement, it said in a Friday statement.

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