2 killed in Egypt clashes during Islamist protests

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Associated Press

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 20 at 11:04 AM

CAIRO (AP) — A health official in Egypt says two people have been killed in clashes during demonstrations by supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

An emergency official in the northeastern al-Marg district said six people were wounded in Friday's clashes.

A security official said the fighting was between Morsi supporters and local residents hostile to the Muslim Brotherhood. Police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. The clashes saw combatants use fireworks and birdshot.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

Friday's confrontation comes nearly two weeks after President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was sworn in. Islamist protesters oppose el-Sissi, who as army chief led the military ouster of Morsi last July.

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