At least two people have been killed and scores injured in clashes between supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohamed Morsi in Egypt’s port city of Alexandria, state media reported.
Security forces fired tear gas at pro-Morsi protesters on Friday to drive them out of a mosque, while outside a number of people were wounded by stones during clashes between the two sides. Some of the injured suffered gunshot wounds.
Rallies are also underway in different areas of the capital Cairo with Morsi supporters gathering in Nasr City and army backers occupying the city’s Tahrir Square. At least 24 people were injured in the Cairo clashes.
The mass rallies were held in response to after Muslim Brotherhood’s call for a peaceful stand against the recent military coup that toppled Morsi. In a statement on Thursday, the movement’s leader, Mohamed Badie, asked Egyptians to spill into the streets and demand freedom and legitimacy.
The country’s army chief, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, had also called for nationwide protests on Friday. Al-Sisi said in a speech that the nationwide rally will give the army a mandate to fight “violence and terrorism,” which have engulfed Egypt following the ouster of Morsi on July 3.
Since his ouster, Morsi has been held by the army at an undisclosed location.
Dozens of people have been killed in an unrelenting wave of violent clashes among Morsi supporters, his opponents, and security forces.