24-07-2021 10:28 PM Jerusalem Timing

Seventeen Killed in Egypt as Mursi-backers Defy Crackdown

Seventeen Killed in Egypt as Mursi-backers Defy Crackdown

At least 17 people were killed as supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood clashed with police across Egypt on Friday

At least 17 people were killed as supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood clashed with police across Egypt on Friday, defying an ever-widening state crackdown on the movement that ruled the country until six months ago.

Egypt armyIn the Cairo district of Nasr City, riot police in bulletproof vests fired teargas at protesters throwing fireworks and stones. Similar clashes erupted across the country, as has become commonplace after midday prayers on Friday, which is not a working day in Egypt.

The Health Ministry said five people were killed in different districts in Cairo. A security source said they died from bullet wounds.

One of the five was a man who was shot dead by the protesters after he yelled insults at pro-Brotherhood demonstrators marching near his house, the source said.