Nationwide clashes between Egyptian
police and supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi
left at least 17 people dead, state-run Middle East News Agency
said, citing an interior ministry official.
The Muslim Brotherhood, which fielded Mursi for the
presidency and became the target of a crackdown by security
forces following his July 3 removal by the military, had called
for protests yesterday against the army-backed government.
Violence flared in Cairo, Alexandria, Fayyoum and other
provinces, state-run Ahram Gate reported.
Egypt declared the Brotherhood a terrorist organization
last month after blaming the group for a recent surge in
violence, without providing evidence. Authorities have already
arrested and prosecuted many of the organization’s leaders,
including the ousted president, and killed hundreds of its
A referendum scheduled for later this month is meant to
pave the way to new elections and the restoration of democratic