6 Killed in Egyptian’s Clash with Police after Eid al-Fitr Prayers
In clashes between anti- government protesters and the security forces after Eid al-Fitr prayers 6 were killed and dozens injured, Al-Alam News Network reports.
On Friday, Egyptian police forces attacked protesters who had gathered after Eid al-Fitr prayers in different areas across the country, leaving at least six dead across the city of Giza.
Senior Health Ministry official Dr. Khaled al-Weshahy confirmed the deaths, saying the bodies of the victims have been transferred to hospitals in Giza.
Police forces also cracked down on protesters, firing live rounds in different areas including in the capital, Cairo, as well as in Al Sharqia, Fayoum, and Bani Suef provinces.
Security officers also attacked a demonstration in Alexandria’s neighborhood of Hanoville following Eid prayers.
Dozens of people have reportedly been arrested.
The demonstrations came as ousted Muslim Brotherhood-backed former president Mohamed Morsi in a purported Eid message called on Egyptians to save the country from what he described as “the oppressive tyrants” currently in control of the nation.
Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically-elected president, was ousted in July 2013 by the military led by Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the former head of the armed forces and current president. Egypt has been the scene of protests since.
Last month, Morsi was handed the death sentence along with 130 other defendants for allegedly orchestrating a 2011 jail break during the uprising that led to the ouster of the country’s former dictator Hosni Mubarak.
Many Muslim Brotherhood leaders and members have also been imprisoned.
Egypt’s harsh crackdown on the Brotherhood and its supporters, which has led to the death of hundreds of people, has been widely condemned by international human rights organizations.