Several clashes have erupted between Egyptian anti-government demonstrators and security forces outside the presidential palace in Cairo. There were no immediate reports of casualties from the sporadic clashes, which, witnesses said, on Sunday broke out overnight, AFP reported.
Several hundred demonstrators gathered outside the palace late on Saturday and threw stones and petrol bombs at its walls after clashes between protesters and security forces killed one person and wounded dozens on Friday.Medics say the 23-year-old died of a gunshot wound in Cairo after police fired birdshot at the protesters, who are seeking to overthrow Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. The witnesses added that security forces, who were sent outside the presidential palace, fired tear gas when the demonstrators attempted to attack one of its gates. Also on Saturday, Egypt’s National Salvation Front (NSF) called for “all those responsible for killings and torture and illegal detention to be fairly tried, starting with the president.” The opposition group said it “completely sides with” anti-government protesters and backs their calls to topple Morsi. On Friday, Morsi demanded that opposition groups denounce the violence and call on their supporters to leave Cairo’s streets. The ongoing violent protests broke out in Egypt on January 25 when demonstrators marked the second anniversary of the 2011 revolution. MR/HN