2 Egyptians die after Giza protest dispersal -UPDATED

The April 6 Youth Movement said that Khaled al-Rasheedi had been shot in the head by police, who stormed Nahia village in the Giza province on Wednesday.

2 Egyptians die after Giza protest dispersal -UPDATED

World Bulletin/News Desk

Two Egyptians succumbed to injuries sustained during the forcible dispersal by police of an opposition rally west of Cairo, two protest groups said Thursday.

In a statement, the April 6 youth movement said that member Khaled al-Rasheedi had died after being shot in the head by police, who stormed Nahia village in the Giza province on Wednesday to disperse an opposition rally.

"Security forces were using live ammunition, birdshot and teargas in an attempt to clear roads in the village when al-Rasheedi was shot in the head," April 6 said in a statement.

The activist succumbed to the injury hours later.

The main support bloc of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, meanwhile, said a second protester had died after inhaling excessive teargas during the same protest dispersal.

Health Ministry official Ahmed al-Ansari confirmed al-Rasheedi's death, yet refrained from saying who was behind the shooting.

"Al-Rasheedi succumbed to his wounds this morning at a Cairo hospital," he said.

Mainly made up of young political activists, April 6 had been one of the groups that spearheaded Egypt's January 2011 revolution, which ended autocratic president Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.

It had also opposed former president Mohamed Morsi, whose rule came to an end last year when the army overthrew him following mass protests.

April 6 founder Ahmed Maher is currently serving a three-year jail term for staging an unlicensed protest in November of last year.

Meanwhile, the pro-Morsi National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy said a pro-Morsi protester – identified as Hamada al-Saidi – had died on Thursday from complications caused by the inhalation of teargas one day earlier.

No Interior Ministry official was available for immediate comment on the reported casualties.

The ministry insists, however, that its police forces disperse rallies in accordance with Egypt's protest law, which bans unauthorized demonstrations.

The ministry also says that police only employ "gradual force" – relying only on teargas – to break up unauthorized protests.

The pro-Morsi alliance has continued to stage frequent rallies to protest the army's ouster last year of Egypt's first freely elected president following mass protests.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Kasım 2014, 15:08

Muhammed Öylek