The death toll from clashes between supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi and police forces has risen to 51 as violence rages on in the North African country.
Supporters of Morsi, who was overthrown in a July military coup, tried to gather in iconic Liberation Square in the capital Cairo when police confronted them.
According to Ahmed al-Ansari, a top official of Egypt’s Health Ministry, at least 45 people died in Cairo and several others lost their lives south of the capital.
Nearly 270 people were also reported to be injured in clashes across Egypt.
Ansari added that “majority of the deaths were caused by bullets and birdshots.”
Police also fired shots and used teargas to disperse protesters in central Cairo.
A statement by the Egyptian Interior Ministry said police arrested 423 protesters in the capital.
Meanwhile, the Anti-Coup Alliance, which includes Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, has called for more protests this week and urged students across universities and schools in Egypt to protest on Tuesday against what it called the “continuing massacres.”