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1 killed, 11 injured in Egypt clashes

14 August 2013, 12:37

Cairo - At least one person was killed late on Tuesday and 11 injured in clashes between Egyptian police and supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, local media reported.

Police used tear gas to disperse crowds of pro-Morsi demonstrators, Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram reported, after the protestors tried to storm a government building in the capital.

Local residents threw stones at Morsi supporters who sought shelter in the streets near the Religious Endowments Ministry.

Morsi supporters joined several marches in Cairo in defiance of police threats to break up their sit-ins.

The military-backed government described the Islamists' protest camps as violent and unlawful. Their biggest sit-ins are in north-eastern Cairo and south of the capital.

Security officials said at the weekend that police would blockade the sit-ins and use water cannon to disperse the protesters.

The army removed Morsi from power on July 3 after protests by millions opposed to his rule. Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group and its allies have said the protests will continue until he is reinstated.

More than 200 people have been killed in clashes between Morsi backers and opponents around the country since his ouster.

Western mediation to end the crisis that followed have failed.

Morsi has been held in military custody in an undisclosed location.


Meanwhile, 25 governors were sworn in before interim president Adly Mansour. Islamists were excluded from the reshuffle. Two governors are yet to be named.

In Morsi's last appointment of governors in June, at least 12 were members of the Muslim Brotherhood. The move was seen as a bid by the Islamists to further monopolise power, after they dominated the legislature.

At least 15 governors appointed on Tuesday are former generals.

Some, including Cairo's governor Galal Saeed, were members of Hosny Mubarak's now-dissolved National Democratic Party.

Adly held a meeting with the newly appointed governors, attended by a few ministers, Premier Hazem Beblawy and Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei.

They discussed the security situation, and economic and local development in the different provinces.

The Salafist al-Nour Party, which supported Morsi's ouster by the army, refused to take part in the governors' reshuffle, state-run Al-Ahram newspaper reported.



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