Egypt: Six killed in clashes amid Brotherhood protest

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Baku, July 18, AZERTAC

At least six people have been killed in clashes between Islamist protesters and police in Egypt's capital Cairo, according to BBC.

The violence broke out during demonstrations in support of ousted President Mohammed Morsi and the banned Muslim Brotherhood after prayers at the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

The authorities blamed unknown assailants for firing on the march.

But the Muslim Brotherhood said the deaths occurred when the police broke up the protest.

Supporters of the Brotherhood have faced a crackdown since mid-2013, with thousands jailed and hundreds, including Morsi, sentenced to death.

Demonstrations have dwindled under a law that requires a police permit.

But there were street rallies on Friday following morning prayers for Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month.

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