Several people have been killed in fresh clashes on the streets of Egypt as anti-coup protesters returned to demand the end of the military-led regime, news agencies are reporting.
Crowds supporting the return of deposed president Mohamed Morsi have filled streets on Friday in areas including Nasr City in Cairo, and the port city of Alexandria, as the Muslim Brotherhood called for a “Day of Rage” days after hundreds of protesters were killed as police cleared sit-ins two days earlier.
As the march started, state TV broadcast a warning from the security services that the army and police force would deal firmly with any violation of the law.
The Brotherhood called for marches in towns and villages across Egypt on Thursday to protest the forceful break-up of two sit-in camps by Morsi supporters, which left more than 500 people dead and thousands injured.
Thousands of Mursi supporters were also gathered in Ramses Square in central Cairo. When a military helicopter flew low over the area, protesters held up shoes chanting “We will bring Sisi to the ground” and “Leave, leave, you traitor.”
Tension has intensified in Egypt since July 3, when the Egyptian army removed Morsi from office. The army also suspended the constitution and dissolved the parliament.