Supporters of former president Mohamed Morsi rallying at Khazendar Mosque in Shubra assaulted pro-army demonstrators near the Dawaran Shubra area, injuring dozens, eyewitnesses told Aswat Masriya.
Several pro-army demonstrators suffered wounds from shotgun pellets and were taken to al-Sahel Hospital, the eyewitnesses added.
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Pro-Morsi demonstrators fired shots in the air, causing a state of chaos in the area and bringing traffic to a halt.
The area’s residents formed vigilante groups to prevent Morsi’s supporters from returning and rallying again at the mosque.
Mohamed Morsi supporters rally at Alexandria mosque, opponents at Sidi Gaber
Several thousands of deposed president Mohamed Morsi’s supporters rallied at al-Qaed Ibrahim Mosque in Alexandria after Friday noon prayer to participate in demonstrations calling for Mohamed Morsi’s return.
The demonstrators waved Egypt’s flags and carried pictures for Morsi and banners saying “No to the military coup”.
One demonstrator carried a puppet hanging by the neck with army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s face on it.
In Sidi Gaber Square, thousands of pro-army demonstrators gathered in response to Sisi’s invitation for mass demonstrations on Friday to mandate the army to combat violence and terrorism.
The anti-Morsi demonstrators carried pictures of Sisi as they chanted “Down with the rule of the Brotherhood’s Guide”.
Some Sidi Gaber residents divided themselves into vigilante groups to secure the demonstrators in case of any attempt to barge into the square.
Sidi Gaber lately witnessed acts of violence that left dozens dead and hundreds injured during clashes between supporters and opponents of Morsi.
In a speech he gave two days ago, Defense Minister Sisi urged Egyptians to take to the streets on Friday to provide the army with a popular mandate to fight terrorism.
Scuffles break out between Shubra residents, Mohamed Morsi supporters
Scuffles broke out between residents of the Shubra area and demonstrators supporting former president Mohamed Morsi near Khazendar Mosque after Friday noon prayers.
The scuffles began when Mohamed Morsi supporters started gathering at the mosque, an Aswat Masriya eyewitness reported.
Shubra residents then organized a counter march coming from the Dawaran Shubra area to support the army, the eyewitness added.
The residents and anti-Morsi demonstrators tore down posters of Mohamed Morsi which his supporters carried.
They also detained a number of Mohamed Morsi supporters during the scuffles between the two groups before releasing them later.
Hundreds of Mohamed Morsi supporters march to Rabaa Adaweya Square
Hundreds of former president Mohamed Morsi’s supporters marched on Friday from Fatah Mosque in the Ramsis area heading to Rabaa al-Adaweya Square to join the demonstrating masses at the mosque.
The marching demonstrators chanted slogans supporting Mohamed Morsi and the Islamic Sharia. Some carried Mohamed Morsi’s pictures and banners demanding his return to power.
Traffic in the Ramsis area was jammed due to the number of buses preparing to transport demonstrators to Rabaa Mosque, the Middle East News Agency reported.
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