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Morsi loyalists rally against killings

22 July 2013, 07:36

Cairo - Followers of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood took to Cairo's streets on Sunday to denounce the killing of three Islamist women a day before and to renew their demand for the reinstatement of deposed President Mohammed Morsi.

Backers of the Islamist group, to which Morsi belongs, marched toward the US embassy in central Cairo, but were prevented by security forces from coming near the compound.

The protesters decried the army's overthrow of Morsi and what they called the "West's disgraceful position on the military coup".

Holding Morsi portraits, the demonstrators shouted "illegal", referring to his ousting by the military on 3 July.

Another rally, made up mostly of women, was held near the Defence Ministry in Cairo where participants charged the army with condoning violence against Islamists, said witnesses.

Three women were killed on Saturday in clashes between backers and opponents of Morsi in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, according to the Health Ministry.

The Brotherhood said the three were among its supporters and they had been killed in an attack by "thugs" at a pro-Morsi rally.

The army ousted Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, after millions of Egyptians took to the streets demanding his resignation and early presidential elections.

The Brotherhood has denounced Morsi's toppling as a coup and vowed street protests until he is reinstated.

Liberals accuse the Brotherhood of inciting violence and using women as "human shields" in its protests.

Dozens have died in clashes across Egypt since Morsi's overthrow.

At least 51 people, mainly Brotherhood supporters, were killed on 8 July when soldiers opened fire on protesters outside the Republican Guard building in Cairo, where Morsi is believed to be held.

The army said its soldiers had acted in self-defence.



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